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Published On: Tue, Oct 16th, 2018

Senate Wades Into Killing Of Red Cross Aide Worker

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Senate on Tuesday waded into the Monday killing of a Red Cross staff, Hauwa Liman by the Boko Haram insurgents and urged security agencies to investigate it.
The Senate has condemned the gruesome killing in its entirety and also frowned at the non release of Leah Sharibu who was abducted alongside school girls in Borno State.
Liman had in March, this year been kidnapped alongside others when the terrorist group attacked an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Rann, Borno State.
Although, Senate yesterday declined approval to summon the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to appear before the lawmakers over the killing of Liman but mandated the committee on defence and interior to look into the matter.
Also, it mandated the committee on police to interface with the IGP.
Senate’s decision to decline invitation of the police chief was due to the fact that the IGP had in March, April and May, this year, refused to personally appear before the Senate when he was summoned for explanation on the worsening security situation in the country.
Yesterday, deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu raised a point of order on the gruesome killing of Liman and said it has become necessary for the Upper Chamber to look into the killing of the innocent lady by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
According to him, the Senate should condole with Liman’s family, and that the federal government through its security agencies to immediately ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and the last International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) volunteer in Boko Haram captivity.
In his contribution, Senator Dino Melaye (PDP Kogi West) accused the Muhammadu Buhari led administration for not providing adrquate security for the citizenry. He cited several examples of police reckless for killing of a corps member, Nkechi Igwetu, in July and the recent killing of another woman, Anita Akapson.
The Senate observed a two minute silence in honour of the deceased and resolved that the IGP should act accordingly to end the killings.
Meanwhile, in his remarks, Saraki condemned the murder of Liman by the Boko Haram insurgents and called for adequate security for humanitarian workers who work in crisis zones in the country.
Charging the federal government to take necessary steps to secure the freedom of both Leah Sharibu and other surviving members of the ICRC being held hostage by the insurgents, Saraki noted that security agencies should prevent reoccurence of such ugly incidents.
“Distinguished Colleagues, irrespective of the decision that we have taken, I believe that our committees on defence and security, as part of their own responsibilities, should engage with the security agencies to find out if there are other issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent the reoccurrence of such sad incident,” Saraki said.

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