Nigeria’s Lawmakers Declares National Emergency On Ritual Killings

Over Ten Thousand Nigerians Declared Missing

The House of Representatives in Nigeria has resolved to declare a national emergency on ritual killings in Nigeria.

This was sequel to a motion by the deputy minority leader of the house, Mr Toby Okechukwu on the urgent need to curb the rising trend of ritual killings in Nigeria.

Mr Okechukwu said the incidents of ritual killings have assumed an alarming rate in Nigeria in recent times.

The lawmaker, stated that according to a red cross report in 2017, there are 10,480 cases of missing persons in Nigeria.

He observed that the merchants of such wicked acts use the social media to advertise their evil acts.

The Minority leader, accused the movie industry of frequently dramatizing the evil act which can have negative impact on youths.

“The House is concerned that although communities are getting more religious with the proliferation of churches and mosques, the ugly trend of ritual killings is on the rise as the quest for wealth at all cost pervades our society.”

” The House is convinced that such cruel and barbaric act should no longer be promoted in our society, giving the demands of today’s world.

The lawmaker expressed expressed alarm by the moral decadence in the society that has promoted the get rich quick syndrome among the youths.

He observed that the media also have a role to play in stopping the ugly trend.

Adopting the motion, the House called on the media, National Orientation Agency, parents, heads of schools as well as religious leaders to undertake a campaign to change the negative narrative that is pervading the country.

The house also urged the executive director, National film and video censor’s board to rise to the mandate of the agency as the clearing house of all movies made in Nigeria.

It also called on the IGP to take urgent steps to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering with a view to apprehend and prosecute all the perpetrators of ritual killings in Nigeria.

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