House Declares National Emergency On Ritual Killings

The House of Representatives has resolved to declare a national emergency on ritual killings in the country.

This is the resolution of a motion sponsored by the deputy minority leader of the House, Toby Okechukwu on the urgent need to curb the rising trend of ritual killings in Nigeria.

Leading the debate the lawmaker who said the incidents of ritual killings in Nigeria have assumed an alarming rate in recent times, stated that a red cross report in 2017 reveals that there are 10,480 cases of missing persons in Nigeria.

The Minority leader who pointed out that merchants of such wicked acts use the social media to lure their victims, also accused the movie industry of frequently dramatizing the evil act which can have negative impact on youths.

Okechukwu further expressed alarm at the moral decadence in the society which has promoted the get rich quick syndrome amongst the youths.

Adopting the motion, the House called on the media, National Orientation Agency, parents, heads of schools as well as religious leaders to undertake a campaign to change the negative narrative that is pervading the country.

The House also urged the executive director, National film and video censor’s board to rise to the mandate of the agency as the clearing house of all movies made in Nigeria.

It also called on the IGP to take urgent steps to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering with a view to apprehend and prosecute all the perpetrators of ritual killings in Nigeria.

By Aisha Adesanya

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