Senate observes minute silence for slain Briton

Senate observes minute silence for slain Briton

- Faye Mooney, a British aid worker was killed in Kajuru Castle, a recreational location in Kaduna state

- Condemning the killing of Mooney, Shehu Sani asked his colleagues to observe a minute silence for the deceased

- The deputy Senate president, said the incident should not be handled with levity as it may have grave ‘diplomatic implication’ for the country

The Senate on Wednesday, April 24, observed a minute silence for Faye Mooney, the British aid worker killed in Kajuru Castle, a recreational location in Kaduna state.

Premium Times reports that Shehu Sani (Kaduna-PRP) who described the loss as unfortunate said the north is currently ‘under siege’ as kidnapping and killings have become the order of the day.

Sani who condemned the killing of Ms Mooney asked his colleagues to observe the silence to honour the deceased.

The deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, urged the lawmakers to create a window to allow them take the issue on another legislative day. He added that the incident may have grave ‘diplomatic implication’ for the country and so should not be handled with levity.

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Similarly, the Senate urged the executive to provide more security to border towns of Taraba and Benue that have been at each other’s throat recently.

The call followed a motion by Emmanuel Bwacha who noted that the last clash left many locals dead. At least 22 persons were reportedly feared killed in fresh attacks between ethnic Jukun and Tiv communities of Wukari local government area in southern Taraba State on Friday.

Bwacha said the recent spike in the clashes was as a result of infiltration of criminal elements who capitalise on the mayhem.

He said: “There has been no crisis for about a decade until a sudden invasion of these areas by insurgents from the north east which is known and called in the Nigerian parlance herdsmen.

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“The Senate is worried that some criminal elements on both sides are bent on taking advantage of this peace to perpetrate violence so as to promote their criminal enterprise.

“The sad event preceding the Passover feast is a case study in which lives and properties were lost. These criminals promote this enterprise so that when there is no peace, they capitalise on this and engage in heinous crimes like kidnapping.”

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the family of the British aid worker killed in Kaduna state, by kidnappers paid tribute to her for her bravery.

The Mooney family in an interview with Guardian said Faye's bravery and her belief in a better society for all took her to places where a lot more others feared to thread.

Describing Faye as an inspiration to family, friends, students and work colleagues, the Mooney family said the late 29-year-old aid's memory will always be cherished.

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