The House of Representatives has adopted a motion jointly sponsored by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Ozurigbo Ugonna and Miriam Onuoha at the plenary session which held on Thursday.
The house moved a motion to mandate the committees on police affairs, interior and other relevant committees to invite the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Abubakar Mohammed Adamu; Commandant General of the NSCDC and the other stakeholders to brief the House of Representatives on measures taken to curb the rising cases of extrajudicial killings by their men.
Onyejeocha, who is the Deputy Whip of the House, cited several instances where members of the security agencies had used their firearms for purposes other than the protection of lives and properties, including but not limited to discharging or shooting at public events such as rallies, weddings, burials, and others, often for amusement or wild celebrations decried such acts.
She recalled that one Hon Ndubuisi Emenike of Ehime Mbano, Imo State, on January 26, 2020, was killed by an officer of the NSCDC in what was described as “accidental discharge” during a political victory party.
“These kinds of occurrences, where people are killed by security agents who shoot indiscriminately and needlessly, are now becoming a regular headline in our country. The House is worried that if no action is taken to address and regulate security agencies on the use of firearms, more lives will be wasted needlessly and Nigerians will lose faith in the ability of law enforcement agents to handle firearms," she said.
She further said, “House of Representatives and indeed the National Assembly can do a lot to safeguard and enforce the protection of the fundamental rights of innocent Nigerians from institutions of the state.”