OrderPaperToday – Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, (PDP, Enugu West) has decried the rising spate of extra-judicial killings in the South East of Nigeria.
Coming under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule at plenary on Wednesday, the lawmaker noted that on 20th of June, 2021 there was shooting incident in Enugu in which an Inspector of Police attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9, Umuahia, Abia State, opened fire on the people on sight, shooting five persons dead and injuring several others.
He also said that the policeman has reportedly been arrested by the police and taken into custody.
He also recalled the gruesome murder of a Germany-based Nigerian, Mr. Oguchi Unachukwu, who was allegedly shot by personnel of the Nigeria Air Force, around the tollgate of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in the presence of his wife, Mrs. Ijeoma Unachukwu, his two years old son and four months old daughter.
He is concerned that no arrests have been made by the Air Force or law enforcement agencies regarding the gruesome death of Mr. Unachukwu.
Sen. Ekweremadu expressed worries on the rising reports of misuse of legitimate weapons by security agents and extra-judicial killings in the South East.
This, he said has a wider implications on the peace and security of the South East in particular and the nation in general.
Consequently, the upper legislative chamber unanimously resolved to condemn in strong terms the killings in the region.
It also condemned the alleged killing of Mr. Unachukwu and also directed the Inspector-General of Police, Service Chiefs and heads of other armed security agencies to “immediately commence regular assessment of the state of mind of their personnel as well as training them on relations with the civilian populations”.
In his remarks, the President of Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, condemned the shootings and expressed sympathy of the Senate to the victims and their families.