The Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations is saddened by the tragic killing of two aid workers at Kajuru Castle, Kajuru Local Council in Kaduna on Friday, 19th of April, 2019 by armed bandits suspected to be kidnappers.
The deceased have been identified as Faye Mooney, a 29-year old British national who works with the Mercy Corps, a non-governmental aid-based organization and Matthew Oguche, a Nigerian who works with a safety-based Non-Governmental Organization.
We sympathize with the families of the deceased and condemn in very strong terms the tragic incidence noting that mindless killings, kidnappings and several other atrocities have continued unabated in many parts of the country, all symptomatic of a breakdown of security in our dear country.
There is therefore a need to declare a state of emergency to stem the drift to total collapse of security in our country. There is the need to ensure security and protection of life and property of our citizens which is the cornerstone of the social contract that government intricically entered with her.
We are deeply saddened by this dastardly act and sympathize with the government and people of the United Kingdom over the death of their citizen during the attacks and also condole with the family of our own national who met the same fate.
We will continue to appreciate the good works of men and women who have left their countries including those who are Nigerians and offer to work in the Non- governmental sector, providing aid and succor, often in very perilous situations
The Nigerian Senate will work with the Executive Arm of government to bring lasting solutions to the insecurity currently bedevilling the nation.
Sen. Rose Okoji Oko
Senate Committee on Diaspora & Non-Governmental Organisations