7 May 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Reps Probe Military Over Extra-Judicial Killings

Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on National Security, Intelligence and Public Safety, Rep. Muhammad Bello Mutawalle (PDP,Zamfara), has expressed concern over reports of alleged excessiveness by military and other security agents deployed to some trouble areas across the country.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Mutawalle said the committee has received several complaints from residents of the affected areas of alleged molestation, harassment and extra judicial killings of innocent citizens by the security agents deployed to combat the insecurity plaguing such areas.

Mutawalle warned that the committee will not condone injustice, noting that the House would carry-out investigation on the allegation raised in a motion by Rep. Ali Yakubu from Yobe State on the harassment of innocent residents in Potiskum after an attack on a market by unknown gunmen that left over 50 people dead.

"Anyone found to have acted outside the rule of engagement will be appropriately sanctioned to serve as a deterrence to others," he said.

The legislator urged top hierarchy of security agencies to embark on enlightenment campaign for their subordinates to sustain cordial relationship with the civilians.

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