Reps Tell Buhari to Declare National Emergency on Ritual killings.

Reps Tell Buhari to Declare National Emergency on Ritual killings.

Reps Tell Buhari to Declare National Emergency on Ritual killings.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 9, called on the executive arm of the federal government to declare a national emergency on ritual killings rampant in Nigeria.

The directive to the federal government follow the resolution after the deputy minority leader for the House Toby Okechukw present motion of serious public importance topic Need to Curb the Rising Trend of Ritual Killings in Nigeria during there sitting on Wednesday.

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According to report from Legit He said:

“The upsurge of reported ritual killings with increasing cases of abductions and missing persons in different parts of the country, which in most cases, the culprits also maim, kill and obtain sensitive body parts of unsuspecting victims for rituals.

“Merchants of such wicked acts often use social media as a ready tool to advertise their evil behaviour. Ritual killings have become a predominant theme in most homemade movies which if not checked, our younger generation may begin to view as an acceptable norm.

“There are several reports where law enforcement agents arrested and paraded suspects of ritual killings with gory pictures of human skulls and dismembered bodies.

“Fake clerics, imams, herbalists and native doctors are often complicit in the heinous practices. Although our communities are getting more religious with the proliferation of churches and mosques, the ugly trend of ritual killing is on the rise as the quest for wealth at all costs pervades our society.

“Youths in other climes are embracing science and technology as a way of maintaining pace with our dynamic world, some of our youths seem stuck in the mistaken belief that sacrificing human blood is the surest route to wealth, safety and protection.

“Such cruel and barbaric acts should no longer be promoted in our society given the demands of today’s world.”

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According to report from The Cable, Lawmakers also asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA), parents, schools, religious leaders, and the media to begin sensitisation programs to re-orientate the minds of citizens towards changing the narrative.

The House says it is the responsibility of everybody to stop the trend. BBC pidgin report

BBC pidgin report some of the resolution of the House which include;

  • Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali should take step to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering to arrest and prosecuting people who are involved in killings.
  • National Orientation Agency, parents, heads of schools, religious leaders and the media to start campaign to change the negative narrative in the society.
  • The National Film and Video Censors Board should increase the regulation of the Nigeria movie industry.