Buhari to declare national emergency over ritual killings

Buhari to declare national emergency over ritual killings – Reps

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday approached the Federal Government to pronounce a national emergency on ritual killings the nation over.

The move came after the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader, at the plenary on Wednesday in Abuja.

Introducing the motion, Okechukwu said incident of ritual killings had assumed a disturbing rate in Nigeria while discrediting the upsurge of announced ritual killings with expanding instances of kidnappings and missing people in various parts of the country.

He added that in some cases, the offenders likewise rape, maim, kill and cut out delicate parts of the body of unsuspecting victims for rituals.

He said the Red Cross Society in 2017 said it got 10,480 reports of missing people in Nigeria.

“On January 22, three teenage suspects and a 21-year-old reportedly killed one Sofiat Kehinde, severed her head and burnt it in a local pot in Abeokuta, Ogun.

”The police command in Ogun on Feb. 7, reported that one of the suspects confessed that he learned the act of ritual killing from a video he watched on Facebook,” he stated.

He said the death of Sofiat pulled in national outrage and condemnation thinking about the age of the presumed killers.

The lawmaker said vendors of such wicked acts regularly utilize social media as an instrument to publicize their evil demonstrations.

He additionally referenced the heinous killing of Iniobong Umoren, a young lady in her 20s, who was tricked to a specific area in Uyo, Akwa Ibom for a job interview, as generally revealed in the national dailies.

He additionally refered to the horrifying killings and shocking exercises of Badoo Boys in Lagos State, which was likewise revealed in the national dailies.

“Ritual killing had become a predominant theme in most homemade movies which if not checked, our younger generation may begin to view it as an acceptable norm,” he said.

The House from that point proclaimed a national emergency on ritual killings and encouraged the National Orientation Agency (NOA), stakeholders and the media to start a campaign towards changing the circumstance in the country.

The House entrusted the Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board to ascend to the mandate of the agency as the clearinghouse for all movies produced in the country.

INFOXCLUSIVE reports that ritual killing has as of late become a trend in the country as video of such exercises involving adults and even teenagers continue to surface online.

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