The Senate Committee on Police Affairs has summoned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, over the Monday killing of seven police officers in Abuja.
While speaking at the National Assembly on Thursday, the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim, announced that the House have summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the killing of seven police officers in Abuja on Monday.
The senate President Saraki lamented over the death of the security officers while contributing to a point of order earlier raised by Mao Ohabunwa on the armed police and army roadblocks along South-Eastern roads.
He urged his colleagues to pay attention to the death of the officers as they were killed in selfless service to the nation.
He said; “While also talking in that light, I observe that we have not taken this issue of the SARS police officers that were killed on Monday in Galadimawa Junction.
“I think as a National Assembly, as much as we pay attention to ordinary citizens that lose their lives either by one action or inaction of the police, we all should be seen to also protect and be there for those that protect our lives.
“I’ll like us to please find out what happened as regards to these seven police officers that were killed, the circumstances and how we can also show our commiseration with the families as well as whatever needs to be done so that police officer and all of them know that we do care and appreciate what they are doing. Please let us have a report by next week,” he said.
According to the Senate, dismantling the road blocks would help facilitate the free movement of goods, people and services throughout the region and the whole federation. The Senate therefore mandated its committees on the Police and the Army to take a tour of the South-Eastern highways to investigate the matter and report back to the upper chamber.
“Concerned that the number of road blocks along the major federal expressways in the South-East which are manned by a combined force of the Police and the Army have suddenly increased and became intimidating, with the most affected roads being the Enugu Port- Harcourt Express Way, the Enugu-Onitsha Road and the Enugu-Aba Express Road, all of which have more than 50 road blocks heavily manned by the Police and Army, and proliferated at close and intermittent junctures.
Senator Ibrahim told the Senate that the committee had summoned the IGP. According to Ibrahim, the committee was expected to be briefed by the IGP on Tuesday. “The Committee on Police Affairs invited the IG to brief us on these killings and what happened in Maiduguri and it is going to be on Tuesday,” he said.