Meanwhile, Senator Ekweremadu had earlier in his contribution, said he would present a bill on state police today.
In his remarks after debate on the motion, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, directed the Ekweremadu-led committee to put machinery in motion towards amending the constitution to make room for state and community police.
Saraki said: “The killings are totally unacceptable and we must condemn it in totality. These are acts of criminality and we should not encourage any other colouration to it, be it religious. This is criminality and as such, we have a role to ensure that we must address it.”•Senator Ekewremadu
“We believe there is need for urgent review of the security architecture. We must not only see from the point of view that there is danger to security, there is also danger if we really believe that we are going to push our economy. As Senate, we must come up with our own action as well. Let us address the ones within our control. We also need to pay a visit to Zamfara.”
In his contribution, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, noted that the Plateau killings had clearly shown the inability of the police to nip in the bud the security challenges facing the country.
He, however, reiterated his call for creation of state police as a way out, adding “ I have been saying it here anytime issues of senseless killings in the land come up that creation of state police is the way out since the centralized police have proved to be incapable of addressing the problem .
“By tomorrow ( today) or next, a bill for constitutional provision for state and community policing , shall be sponsored by me in this chamber.”
Other senators, including Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan(Yobe North), Adamu Aliero(Kebbi Central) and Olamilekan Adeola(Lagos West), condemned the Plateau killings and canvassed a review of the nation’s security apparatus.
Senators as Olamilekan Adeola ( APC Lagos West), Godswill Akpabio ( PDP Akwa Ibom ), Barnabas Gemade ( APC Benue North East) etc, supported the call for the creation of state police as the surest way out of the problem.