Senate asks IG to step up police surveillance

President of the Senate, David Mark

Senate urges effective policing in the north to stop the incessant attacks on Nigerians.


The Senate has appealed to the Inspector -General of Police to redouble police surveillance and effective policing in the Northern Nigeria, following the incessant killing of civilians in the region.

The Senate also asked its committees on Police Affairs, Defence and Army, and Intelligence and National Security to investigate the allegations that police officers were supplying arms used in the attacks.

The lawmakers made the appeal in Abuja on Thursday after debating a motion sponsored by Garba Marafa on the recent attack on Kabaru village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Mr. Marafa had in his lead debate said it is alarming that the attack was carried out by about 60 armed men resulting in the death of 18 villagers, including the Village Head, Alhaji Maiyara.

He said there had been earlier attacks on Guru and Tungar Baure communities by bandits as well as another attack on Lingyado, Guru and Sammaje villages leading to the killing of 25 villagers.

Mr. Marafa said the activities of bandits have lead to the loss of lives and the disruption of economic activities in the affected and surrounding communities.

Another senator, Ayogu Eze, said the attacks were a result of the failure of the system to take proactive steps to protect the citizens.

“I believe that this is a system failure, a system that cannot detect when robberies are being planned and hatched.

“The police set up are replete with all these kinds of stories that tarnish the image of the police,” he said.

Ruling on the matter, Senate President, David Mark, said that insecurity in the country is no longer a secret adding that what is important at the moment is how to surmount it.

“We are familiar with the level of insecurity in this country and at the end of the day, what we want to achieve is to reduce this high insecurity that we have in the country.

“What I will suggest is that areas where we have this type of problem, people must give out as much information as possible and as quickly as possible,” he said.

He said it is necessary to investigate the allegations that the police were involved by distributing arms being used to carry out the killings.

“There are serious allegations that have been raised here today and I hope that the committees on Police Affairs, Intelligence and National Security, Defence and Army will take up some of these issues,” Mr. Mark said.

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