- The alarming rate of ritual killings in Nigeria has gotten the attention of lawmakers at the House of Representatives
- Members of the House on Wednesday, February 9, sat and considered ways to change the worrisome narrative
- As part of their resolution, the House called on the federal government to declare national emergency on ritual killing
The House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 9, called on the executive arm of the federal government to declare a national emergency on ritual killings rampant in Nigeria.
The clarion call was one of the resolutions reached by the lawmakers on a motion of serious public importance topic Need to Curb the Rising Trend of Ritual Killings in Nigeria, Channels TV reports.
Lawmakers also asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA), parents, schools, religious leaders, and the media to begin sensitisation programs to re-orientate the minds of citizens towards changing the narrative, The Cable added.
In his submission, Toby Okechukwu, deputy minority leader of the house, lamented that cases of ritual killings are alarmingly high in recent times.
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“The upsurge of reported ritual killings with increasing cases of abductions and missing persons in different parts of the country, which in most cases, the culprits also maim, kill and obtain sensitive body parts of unsuspecting victims for rituals.
“Merchants of such wicked acts often use social media as a ready tool to advertise their evil behaviour. Ritual killings have become a predominant theme in most homemade movies which if not checked, our younger generation may begin to view as an acceptable norm.
“There are several reports where law enforcement agents arrested and paraded suspects of ritual killings with gory pictures of human skulls and dismembered bodies.
“Fake clerics, imams, herbalists and native doctors are often complicit in the heinous practices. Although our communities are getting more religious with the proliferation of churches and mosques, the ugly trend of ritual killing is on the rise as the quest for wealth at all costs pervades our society.
“Youths in other climes are embracing science and technology as a way of maintaining pace with our dynamic world, some of our youths seem stuck in the mistaken belief that sacrificing human blood is the surest route to wealth, safety and protection.
“Such cruel and barbaric acts should no longer be promoted in our society given the demands of today’s world.”
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Meanwhile, prominent leaders in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state under the auspices of Gobir Development Association had written President Muhammadu Buhari over the mindless killings of their people by terrorists.
In the letter released on Wednesday, December 8, the leaders said they felt traumatised and demoralised by the killing of their people by the terrorists.
The terrorists were said to be operating in three local governments in Sokoto East Senatorial Districts: Isa, Sabon Birni and Goronyo as well as Shinkafi local government area in Zamfara.