Reps Decry Increasing Cases Of Ritual Killings, Call For Declaration Of National Emergency

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Reps Decry Increasing Cases Of Ritual Killings, Call For Declaration Of National Emergency

The House of Representatives on Wednesday decried the growing cases of ritual killings in the country and called on the Federal Government to declare a national emergency on the ignoble act.

The House also urged the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to bring to book all those involved in the unruly act.

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In addition, the House asked the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board to increase monitoring of videos produced with ritual killing contents and ensure that such contents are deleted in line with its mandate.

Adopting a motion of urgent public importance by Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, the House asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the media, school owners and parents to carry out enlightenment campaigns with a view to curbing the rising cases of ritual killings in the country.

While moving the motion, Okechukwu called the attention of the House to the recent incidents of ritual killings which he said have assumed an alarming rate.

He condemned the upsurge of reported ritual killings with increasing cases of abductions and missing persons in different parts of the country, saying the culprits in most cases rape, maim, kill and obtain sensitive body parts of unsuspecting victims for rituals.

The motion is coming amid the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians for ritual purposes, with one of the latest being the murder of Sofiat Okeowo in Ogun State.

The Red Cross Society, according to him, reported that it received 10,480 reports of missing persons in Nigeria in 2017, and three teenage suspects and a 20-year-old were accused of killing Sofiat.

The lawmaker stated that the Ogun State Police Command later reported on Monday that one of the suspects confessed that he learned the act of ritual killing from a video he watched on Facebook.

He also condemned the killing of Iniobong Umoren, a woman in her 20s, after being lured to a location in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for a job interview.

The lawmaker  stressed the need to be mindful of the role of the Nigerian movie industry in moulding the behavioural patterns in the society, as well as the mandate of NFVCB and others

According to them, the Inspector General of Police should take urgent steps to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering, with a view to apprehend and prosecute all perpetrators of ritual killings in Nigeria.

The  House mandated the Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics, and Values to investigate the matter and report back to the House within four weeks.

Similarly, the House Committee on Police Affairs was mandated to work on the incident and to report back to the  House within four weeks.

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