The House of Representatives on Wednesday summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over alleged extra-judicial killings in Bayelsa State.
The invitation followed widespread allegations of alleged killings by policemen and other security agencies across the state.
Douye Biri, a PDP lawmaker from the state who raised the matter during plenary Wednesday afternoon, said Bayelsa recorded no fewer than four suspected extra -judicial fatalities within the last two weeks.
“In the last two weeks, the Nigerian Police Force Bayelsa State Command has shot and killed four innocent Nigerians.
Mr. Biri listed some of the victims as Innocent Kokorifa,17; Izu Joseph and Godgift Oduku, 5.
“It is worthy of note that the Nigerian Police Force is a creation of law whose principal function is to protect and ensure the well-being of citizens and visitors who are within the territorial jurisdiction of Nigeria.
“While it is the duty of the police to maintain civil law in our society, it is expected that such function is to be carried out with utmost care and respect for human life,” Mr. Biri said.
The lawmaker urged the police to move urgently to address the matter to forestall any outbreak of violence across the state.
“In a situation where the people will be forced to defend themselves from attacks from the very police who have been paid by the taxpayers to protect them is not a welcome idea,” he said.
Another lawmaker, Nicholas Ossai, said he had also been inundated with complaints about extra-judicial killing and called for an end to it.
Mr. Ossai said it was time for Nigeria to embrace other Western nations where a high premium is placed on the lives of citizens.
The police spokesman, Don Awunah, said the police do not engage in extra-judicial attacks on citizens, but added that the Mr. Idris would act after receiving notice of the summon.
Mr. Idris said if any attack occurred that involved the police, the matter would be investigated and culpable officers be brought to book.
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