The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has summouned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over the spate of kidnappings across the nation.
The motion on the, “senseless killing of a Briton and the abduction of three others in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State by armed bandits,” was sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani.
According to the lawmakers, Mohammed’s invitation will help find a lasting solution to the menace.
The motion came following the killing of a Briton, Ms. Faye Mooney, an aid worker, in Kaduna State.
She was killed in Kajuru Castle, a recreational location, alongside her partner, Matthew Oguche, who was a Nigerian training assistant with the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO).
According to Senator Sani, the attacks by bandits across Nigeria have become too many, even more worrying is the fact that no one has been arrested so far.
Sani further expressed worry that the bandits gain more courage to perpetuate their evil acts due to their acclaimed superior firepower.
The senator noted that the northern part of Nigeria has become a theatre of killings and kidnappings.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in his own remarks noted that the recent incident involving the Briton was not the first time a foreigner was kidnapped in Nigeria.
“This nation’s security has been breached. Tourists who have plans of coming to Nigeria will now think twice before coming. And this is affecting our economy.
“It is important to take this issue seriously in order to protect our national image. Even if it means declaring a state of emergency in affected states, so be it,” Mr Ekweremadu said.
The Deputy Senate President further suggested that the IGP be invited over the menace.
“Mr President, since we now have a new IGP – as the other one was uninterested in talking to us, let us invite him to give a holistic view of the state of kidnapping across the country with a view to finding a lasting solution,” he said.
Ekweremadu’s prayer was seconded and unanimously adopted.
Senate President Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary said he hoped the new IGP would agree to appear before the Senate, adding that the passage of the Police Reform and the Police Trust Fund Bills is proof that the Senate is ready to work with the Nigeria Police.
The Senate further agreed to send a delegation to the British High Commission to console with the British Government over the death of Mooye.