By Christiana Ekpa
The House of Representatives yesterday asked the federal government to install Closed Circuit Television Cameras ,(CCTV) to monitor and checkmate crimes activities across the country.
The resolution of the House followed the death of Mrs Olufunke Olakunrin aged 58 years, the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Yoruba Social Political group, Afenifere last week.
Recall that, Mrs Olakunrin was allegedly shot dead by herdsmen along Ore Road, the headquarters of Odigbo Local Government of Ondo State on her way to Lagos State.
The House equally mandated the Inspector-General of Police, IGP to fish out and prosecute the perpetrators to serve as a deterrence to others.
The parliament also urged all security agencies in the country to partner and work out a modality best suitable for tackling insecurity.
The House also resolved to hold a public hearing on the state of insecurity in the country, demanding for the enforcement of all relevant laws to stem the high rate of killings and other heinous crimes.
The decision of the House was reached at Tuesday plenary following a motion titled “Urgent Need to Investigate the killing of Mrs. Okufunke Olakunrin along Benin-Ore Road”, sponsored by Hon. Omolafe Adedayo representing Akure North/South Federal Constituency of Ondo State and 9 other lawmakers.
Presenting the motion, Adedayo said that the brutal murder of Olakunrin by gunmen was an indication that the security architecture of the country needed overhauling.
“The House notes with dismay the reported brutal killing of Mrs Olufunke Olakunrin aged 58 years, the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Yoruba Social Political group, Afenifere on Friday, July 12, 2019 along Ore Road, the headquarters of Odigbo Local Government of Ondo State.
“Further notes that Mrs Olakunrin and others were heading to Lagos from Akure in the morning when gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked her vehicle, shooting sporadically at them even the driver had to quickly turn back to escape from the hoodlums but unknown to him that there were some of them (gun men) in the bush by the other side of the road.
“Observers that there were five people inside the vehicle when the gunmen struck but sadly, she was hit by a bullet and when rushed to the hospital, she died minutes after, although, others who were wounded were also rushed to the hospital and have since been discharged.
“Aware that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government as enshrined in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and that we the people of Nigeria cannot continue to fold our arms and watch the perpetrators of the evil acts keep shedding the blood of the innocent people across the land
“Concerned about the security architecture of the country which is in need of urgent restructuring in other to effectively tackle the rising causes of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery and cattle rustling ravaging the country”.
Members who spoke in favor of the motion decried high level of insecurity in Nigeria, calling for drastic measures to contain it.
The motion was eventually passed when put voice vote by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.