The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has been invited to appear before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs on Tuesday over the killing of seven policemen in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday night and the protest on Monday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, by policemen on anti-terrorism operations over non-payment of their allowances.
This 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 killing of policemen and a National Youth Service Corps member in Abuja during the week.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, 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 asked Ibrahim to make a report on the issues and table it before the Senate for consideration next week.
The Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, who represents the Federal Capital Territory, also told his colleagues how two policemen were killed in the Abaji Area Council in Abuja.
It remains to be seen if the IGP will honour the Senate invitation. The last time he was invited by the Red Chamber over the killings across the country and the maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye by the police, Mr. Idris refused to appear.