To Address the pressing security challenges in Nigeria, the Senate has called for immediate convocation of a National Security Summit.
This followed a point of order raised by Sen. Ayo Akinyelure (APC-Ondo) during a plenary session on Tuesday, over the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
According to reports, Mrs Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, a leader of the Afenifere Group, was shot dead by gunmen along Akure-Ore Road in Ondo State on Friday.
Akinyelure expressed concern over the killing and similar ones, which he described as “increasing and incessant murder of innocent Nigerians by gunmen along major highways in the country.”
He also cautioned that if immediate actions were not taken, the development might lead to ethno-religious crises, especially in the Southern part of the country.
While urging the Senate to observe a minute silence in memory of the deceased and others who died in similar circumstances, he said attention of the Federal Government should be drawn to the situation.
Also, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi (APC-Ogun), called on the Senate as an institution to sit down with the presidency and the security formations in a meeting to take immediate action.
“There’s nothing we do here that is safe if we don’t get our security right. We can’t be coming here everyday, mourning and observing one-minute silence when Nigerians are being killed.
“As a Senate, we should send a delegation to meet with the presidency and the security forces to address what is happening.”
However, the Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ajayi Boroface (APC-Ondo), urged his colleagues to be cautious about linking a particular tribe as perpetrators of the attacks.