INSECURITY: We’re helpless, IGP cries out to Senate

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WITH shortage of funds, inadequate equipment and personnel, there is little or nothing the police can do to curb the rising waves of insecurity in the country, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, told senators, yesterday.

The IGP, who was drilled for two and a half hours on the security situation in the country, told the lawmakers at a closed door session that the major problems confronting the Police Force were shortage of funds, men and material required to carry out the job.

Ag. IGP ADAMU According to him, if these are available, insecurity would be nipped in the bud. The police boss spoke on a day the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said its troops in Zamfara State killed 20 bandits and destroyed the camp of a major kingpin, identified as Alhaji Lawal.

This came as the Federal Government also, yesterday, inaugurated an Inter-Agency Committee on strengthening internal security and developing a framework for community policing in country. IGP in Senate The IGP entered the hallowed Chamber at 11.25am, and soon after, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called on the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewor, to clear the gallery for the closed door session with the senators on the security situation in the country. The meeting was designed to enable the Acting IGP brief the Senate on how to nip in the bud, the raging state of insecurity in virtually all parts of the country.

The senators also wanted to know what was responsible for the inability of security agencies, especially the police to end the menace. Worried by the level of banditry and increasing cases of kidnapping across the country, the Senate had last week summoned the acting IGP to appear before it at plenary yesterday. The Senate took the decision when it condemned in very strong terms, the gruesome killing of a 29-year-old Briton, Faye Mooney and another Nigerian and the abduction of three others on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Resolutions of the Senate were sequel to a motion entitled, “Senseless killing of a Briton and the abduction of three others in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State by Armed Bandits” sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani, PRP, Kaduna Central.

The motion was co- sponsored by Senator Joshua Dariye who is presently in Prison and 108 Senators.

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