South East: “Public officials, infrastructure need adequate security” – Reps

Elizabeth AtimeJuly 28, 20233 min

Motion Sponsor, Rep. Nnamani in his debate noted that the violent attack by hoodlums in the South East had assumed a very dangerous trend as attacks on highly placed Nigerians were escalating at an increased proportion.

 

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The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to provide adequate security and manpower for government officials and infrastructure in flashpoints across South East and Nigeria.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance, sponsored by Rep. Emeka Nnamani (LP, Abia) at Thursday’s plenary.

In his debate, Nnamani noted that the violent attack by hoodlums in South Eastern Nigeria had assumed a very dangerous trend as attacks on highly placed Nigerians were escalating at an increased proportion.

The lawmaker, who worried that if such a trend is not quickly nipped in the bud, it could result in threats to governments, personnel, and others at all levels, also said that security was usually inadequate, especially at flash points of insecurity in Nigeria.

 

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“There have been attacks on prominent Nigerians by unknown gunmen in South East Nigeria, the attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Rochas Okorocha, former Governor Ikedi Ohakim.

On July 25, the Abia State command of the Nigerian Police confirmed that two of its personnel were attacked and killed while on the convoy of State Commissioner for Trade Commerce and Industry Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu. In addition to the loss of lives of the two policemen involved, the assailants also set ablaze a vehicle belonging to Abia State Ministry of Trade, commerce, and Industry.

The aftermath of the cowardly killing of the two policemen, terror was unleashed on the innocent people of Aba by security operatives such as the police and army in Aba metropolis resulting in the total shutdown of the market,” he noted.

 

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Consequently, the House called on the IGP and Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) to urgently call their men to order as continued attacks by their men on innocent residents and passers-by of Aba could degenerate into a full-blown riot and unnecessary breakdown of law and order.

The House further urged the IGP and CoAS to call their men to order, adopt better Police, Army civil relationships with their host communities and urged the police to set up a high-powered investigative team to bring those hoodlums to book.

 

 

Elizabeth Atime

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