Stella Dimoko Senate Summons IG Over Failure To Arrest Suspects In The Benue Killings


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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Senate Summons IG Over Failure To Arrest Suspects In The Benue Killings

The Senate on Wednesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, for alleged non-compliance with a directive by the lawmakers to arrest and prosecute the suspected herdsmen who attacked communities in Benue State, killing 73 people.

Idris was asked to appear before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs on Thursday (today) to explain why a resolution by the upper chamber of the National Assembly asking him to arrest and prosecute the suspects was not complied with.

The committee was asked to report to the Senate on Tuesday, when the chamber would deliberate on the next line of action.

The Senate had, at the plenaries on January 16 and 17, 2018, debated killings by herdsmen and other armed groups across Nigeria.

Part of the resolutions passed was for the police boss to arrest and prosecute the suspects within 14 days.

The ultimatum expired on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Senator Joshua Lidani (Gombe-South) reminded the lawmakers that the ultimatum had expired and the IG had yet to prosecute any suspect.

  The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, expressed displeasure with the police boss’ inaction.

The Senate had on January 15 passed resolutions, including the ultimatum to Idris, when they adopted an interim report by the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of Security Infrastructure of Nigeria.

Saraki had on the same day led the leadership of the chamber to Buhari to deliver the resolutions personally.


  1. I am begging you all, let us get our PVC ready and remove those idiots that dont want this country to be great.

    May God comfort all who had their loved ones killed.

    They know them and they are not ready to do anything.

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  3. The hypocrisy of this government is on another level. It took them just days to send the full force of the Nigerian army against unarmed civilians in Abia and other southeastern states but now send under equipped police against AK47 welding herdsmen. The next stage of this scrip is for the IG of Police to bow to the huge pressure and arrest some random people.

    1. thanks to u dear, u made a good point, am pretty sure that the random people that would be arrested will be innocent souls.

      The govt had their actions done within a twinkle of an eye when Kanu n his members were tagged as a terrorist but it's a problem for them to handle the real terrorist.

      Well, I can't be hoodwinked any longer in this country.

      Bv yoriyori,u want us all to get our PVC? Yes, it's a welcome idea, but who r we voting for?

      The simple answer is, we only have ♻ (recycling) criminal club.

      Mc pinky

  4. Bureaucracy...... .
    They know what they are doing. But they were so fast to arrest nnamadi kalu and IPOB members that didn't kill people.
    Fulanis are now untouchable in Nigeria.

  5. Suppose this is a case of might is right. Yet, in most cases that doesn't hold.....this repeated slaps and insults on the faces of otherwise law abiding citizens must be checked asap. Where are Nigerian actors/actresses? How about civil rights organizations including labor, students, community based in tandem with external agencies going out en masse to PROTEST this inhumane treatment, injustice and debauchery? What are the adults teaching the young in this situation? Gaskiya


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