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Senate Summons Security Chiefs Over Plateau Massacre

The recent killings in Plateau state have prompted the Senate to call in the nation’s security officials.

Chief of Staff of the Army Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Staff of the Air Force Hassan Abubakar; Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi; and Inspector-General of Police Kayode Egbetokun are among those invited.

After the event was brought to the attention of the red house by Senator Diiket Plang, who represents Plateau Central, the upper legislative chamber agreed to invite the security chiefs on Saturday.

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The security chiefs would appear before the senate plenary in a closed session.

Some armed men had killed many residents during attacks on 17 communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi LGAs of Plateau state.

The attacks were said to have occurred on December 23 and snowballed to 24 while residents were preparing for the Christmas celebration.

Houses were razed and properties were looted during the attacks.

While moving the motion, Plang expressed dismay over the attacks that have displaced many residents in the LGAs.

Contributing to the debate, Titus Zam, senator representing Benue north-west, lamented that the service chiefs did not have a grasp of the security situation in the country.

“Nigeria is in trouble,” Zam said.

“The service chiefs that appeared before this senate appeared to know what they were doing.

“Six months down the road it appears that there is no difference. I think we should call these service chiefs again. In my district, three LGAs out of seven are already overrun.”

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