Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has been summoned to appear before the Senate committee on Police Affsirs on Tuesday over is expected to appear before the Senate Committe On Police Affairs over the killing of seven policemen in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday night.
The IG is also expected to explain the causes of the protest on Monday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, by some irate policemen on anti-terrorism operations over non-payment of their allowances.
The invitation by the Senate to the IG was made known at the plenary on Thursday when the lawmakers debated the proliferation of roadblocks mounted by policemen and soldiers in the South-East; and the killings of policemen and a National Youth Service Corps member in Abuja during the week.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had said, “While talking about that, I have received requests from our colleagues; the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim. I observed that we have not taken this issue of the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) police officers that were killed on Monday at Galadimawa junction.
“As a National Assembly, as much as we pay attention to ordinary citizens that lose their lives either by an action or inaction of the police, we should also be seen to also be protecting and be there for those that protect our lives, and in the cause of their duty, they lose their lives. I will like us to please find out what happened as regards the seven police officers that were killed, the circumstances, and how we can all commiserate with the families, and whatever needs to be done so that all the officers can know that we do care and we appreciate what they are doing.”
Saraki urged Ibrahim to make a report on the issues available by next week for consideration by the Senate.
The Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, who represents the Federal Capital Territory, also told the Senate that two policemen were killed in the Abaji Area Council in Abuja.
Lodega had reported the brutal murder of seven police officer from the special anti-robbery squad, SARS by unknown gun men at the Galadimawa roundabout in Abuja.