Thursday, 27 October 2016

House of Reps Summoned Nigeria Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Over Exrajudicial Killings

Report has it that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has been summoned by the House of Representatives on Wednesday over rising cases of extrajudicial killings in the country by security personnel, especially the Nigeria Police.
According to the Punch News, the Inspector General of Police is to appear before the House Committee on Police Affairs and Human Rights along with heads of “Other security agencies.”
Speaking on the case, the House looked into the case of Bayelsa State, where it said that the Joint Task Force and the Police had killed four Innocent Nigerians in last two weeks.
Source said a Lawmaker from Bayelsa State, Mr. Douye Diri, who moved a motion on the killings, recalled that one of the victims was late Izu Joseph.
Sources have it that Joseph was a footballer who played for 3SC Football Club in Ibadan.
Hon. Diri named other victims as 17-year-old Innocent Kokorifa, a 30-year-old man, Iyan and 5-year-old girl, Godgift Oduku.
The Honorable also talked about Eleki Community in Yenagoa Local Government of Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria, as the area of extrajudicial killings took place.
In his words, he said, “The House is worried that in the last two weeks, the Nigeria Police in Bayelsa State Command/JTF have shot and killed four innocent Nigerians…
“That the trend, if not checked, may lead to a breakdown of law and order in a situation where the people will be forced to defend themselves from attacks from the very police who have been paid by tax payers to protect them.”
Also the Chairman, House Committee on Ethics/Privileges, Mr. Nicholas Ossai, enjoined members to rise against extrajudicial killings by security agencies.
According to source, Ossai, who is from Delta State, the law presumes everyone to be innocent until proven guilty, except the life of a security official was seen to be in clear danger.

In his words he said, “We should rise against injustice and recklessness by security agencies. This certainly cannot continue.”