Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned the reported killing of pro-Biafra protesters by security operatives in parts of the South East.
Ekweremadu, who made the condemnation at the plenary session of the Senate on Tuesday, called on security agencies to apply caution in quelling disturbances.
Recall that over 50 pro-Biafra protesters were allegedly killed across South East States and in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
While noting that the country had recorded so much bloodshed in various parts of the country in the past, Ekweremadu urged the Senate to ensure that the States involved set up enquiries to find out what led to these clashes, the number of people lost.
He said: “Those of us who had the opportunity of looking at the papers this morning would know that most of the newspapers had front page stories of bloodbath in the South-East.
“Yesterday, I had a number of calls about the disturbing clash between youths in different parts of the South East, South South and security agencies, leading to the death of many people; both the young men and security personnel.
“I would like to use this opportunity under Order 43 to say that the security agencies must apply caution in trying to quell disturbances.
“We have had so much of bloodbath in this country under different circumstances and we cannot continue to lose our young men because the future of this country belongs to them.
“It is important that we rise to condemn any act of killing in any part of this country, especially the ones that concern the major part of our future, which remains the young men and women of this country.
“We are now in a democracy and people should be entitled to speak their minds; to assemble under responsible and lawful circumstances; and the security agencies must also be responsible in dealing with those circumstances to ensure that lives are not lost unnecessarily.
“I wish to bring this to the notice of the Senate for us to take note and possibly for the States involved to set up enquiries to find out what led to these clashes; the number of people lost and to ensure that this does not happen in the future.”