HOUSE of Representatives yesterday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris over the extra judicial killings in Bayelsa State. The police boss is to appear before the House Committees on Police Affairs and Human Rights to give insight into the killings and steps taken
to prevent such reckless and avoidable killings in future. The resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon Douye Diri on the floor of the House. Leading the debate, Diri observed that the principal function of the Nigeria Police was the protection of its citizens within the territorial jurisdiction of Nigeria.
He noted that while it was the duty of the police to maintain civil law, it was expected that such function should be carried out with utmost care and respect for human life. The lawmaker expressed concerned that while carrying out their constitutional role in Bayelsa State, the police had been engaging in extra judicial killings in some parts of the
state. He raised the alarm that if the trend was not checked, it might lead to breakdown of law and order. In its ruling, the House resolved to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killings. It also agreed to commiserate with families of the victims whose lives were brutally ended by the police.

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