Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The police have condemned the alleged release of list of killings by the Senate, saying it could worsen the security situation in the country.
The force said that the killings in parts of the country were being addressed, adding that suspects arrested in connection with the crime were being prosecuted.
“The release of the purported list of killings in Nigeria in 2018 by the Office of the Senate President is shocking, unfortunate and capable of worsening the security situation in the country.
“It is mischievous and heinous to play politics with people’s lives; even if it is a soul. The release is speculative and not supported by any fact. Office of the Senate President does not receive or process security report from state commands,” the force said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood.
The police claimed that they have recovered over 5000 prohibited arms from wrong hands across the nation, adding that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operation was delegated to brief the upper chamber on what was being done to address the security situation in the country, but was not allowed to make his presentation by senators.
The force faulted claims by the Senate Spokesman, Senator Sani Abdullahi, that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was not summoned over Senator Dino Melaye’s arrest for alleged arms running, noting that that was the reason for the summonses.
The police expressed shock over the senators’ plan to grill the IG on television, stressing that security strategies cannot be discussed at such an open forum.
“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the IGP on national television is against national security, unconventional and it negates global security practice. There is nowhere in the world where security matters are discussed on national television, even the Senate deliberation and decision on the appearance of the IGP were done in a close session,” the statement said.
The police explained that the IG had since assumption of duty in June 2016, appeared 10 times before the Senate on different issues of national importance, noting that Idris held the lawmakers in high esteem.
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