Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara. has condemned the killing of at least 86 people in the Church of Christ In Nations (COClN) and Regional Church Council (RCC), in Barikin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.
Dogara made the condemnation in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan. on Sunday in Abuja. He said it was reprehensible that people who gathered to bury their dead would be gruesomely murdered in that manner.
”Our security agencies must rise up to the task of securing the lives of citizens of this country.
“The attack reportedly lasted from 1:00 p.m. noon of Friday, and lasted till about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.
”Where was the Police and other security agencies that they failed to respond to stop the killings?
“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country. It just isn’t working,” he said.
He said that rising level of violence and gruesome killings of innocent and helpless citizens posed serious threat to Nigeria’s democracy and must be stopped.
The killings of the people mourning their dead were reportedly carried out by suspected armed herdsmen.