Senate yesterday condemned the recent killing of a Christian woman; Mrs. Bridget Agbahime accused of blasphemy by some Muslim fundamentalists in Kano State and called for the full prosecution of those involved in the dastardly act.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who made the call, particularly charged the Inspector General of Police and other relevant agencies of government to ensure the culprits are prosecuted.
Ekwerenmdu, while responding to a Point of Order raised by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP Imo East) on the killing, said that government must ensure protection of lives and properties of all Nigerians.
The Deputy Senate President, who presided on the day’s plenary, expressed the condolences of the Upper House to the family of the deceased and the people of Enugu State where the late Mrs. Agbahime hailed over the ugly incident.
His words: “Let me on behalf of the Senate express our condolences to the family and to the people of your constituency, the entire Enugu State and indeed the entire Nigerians.
“This is because every soul matters to us as Nigerians: the rate of killing in Nigeria is becoming very embarrassing.
“We must do everything as leaders to protect lives and properties of the citizens of this country: every life matters to us so we cannot continue on the path of diminishing human life.
“It is the responsibility of security agencies to ensure that every Nigerian is protected wherever he lives.
“To ensure that this doesn’t happen again, every effort must be made to fish out those responsible so that they will face the full wrath of the law.
“We believe that this might be the last of this kind of incidence anywhere in Nigeria,” he said.
Earlier, Senator Anyanwu, in his Point of Order, had totally condemned the killing of the innocent woman and called on the Senate to rise and condemn it.
Though the lawmaker commended the Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje and the state Commissioner of Police for making some arrests, he stressed that the culprits should be seen to have been prosecuted.
“I think it should go beyond that it should go beyond that. We do not want a situation where someone is being detained today, after a period of time we would not hear about that mater.
“The worst still that could happen to a man is for his wife to be killed right before him.
“I think this Senate should rise and condemn this kind of act, we are one Nigeria and we all believe in one Nigeria and we want to respect our religious affiliations in this country.
“This country must be united: you would agree with me that the Igbos are the most liberalized people in Nigeria because we believe in one Nigeria, we live in every part of Nigeria.
“So I feel bad the way we are being treated so I think this Senate should rise and ask the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the culprits in this matter are brought to book”, he said.

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  • Bako

    What are they waiting for? They should have finished the case by now.