Reps probe Abuja policemen killings, others

July 11th, 2018

By Gift Chapi Odekina

The House of Representatives yesterday resolved  to investigate  the rising cases of insecurity in the country occasioned by killings and kidnapping all over the federation.

The House also resolved to revisit the constitutional amendment with regards to credible options for effective policing  of our communities.

This resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Chris Emeka Azubogu on the urgent national security attention on the killings of seven policemen and others by unknown gunmen in Galadimawa, at the plenary presided by speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Azubogu while leading the debate noted that the attack is coming too close after the Plateau killings and others in the country which have been reported in the immediate past to which government is confronting internally and doing everything possible to contain the fall out in terms of national security concerns and image management of the country to the international environment.

According to him “these killings now call to question the internal security management of securing the lives and property of the citizens by government as provided in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

“There is need to reinvigorate the security apparatus of the country to better secure the lives and property of the people”, Mr. Azubogu said.

Contributors to the debate while calling for the restructuring of the country’s security apparatus worried that no report have since been heard of the seized weapon from Turkey.

“The civilians are no longer safe. If Abuja can not be safe at this level, how will other States be?”, Rep. Odebunmi Olusegun (APC, Oyo) questioned.

The lawmaker expressed worries on the neglect of Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) in parts of Abuja.

A unanimous adoption of the motion was therefore made by the House that the adhoc committee be constituted and its report be submitted within six weeks for further legislative action.

Recall that on July the 2nd, 2018, seven police men attached to the Federal Capital Territory Police Command on duty at Galadimawa area of Abuja were killed at their duty post while many passerby were wounded in an attack by unknown gun men numbering over a dozen on six motorbikes.

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