Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Police Pushed Boko Haram to the Wall - Bukar Abba

Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim (ANPP, Yobe East) yesterday accused the security agencies, especially the police of pushing the Boko Haram sect to the wall by killing their leaders and 5,000 other innocent people in the north.

Contributing to a motion sponsored by Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa (ANPP, Zamfara Central) and all the senators on the recent banditry attack on Kabaru village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Ibrahim said the security agencies had killed more people than the sect had done.

"What is happening today is really very sad, security agencies are the number one killers in term of number. I was surprised the other day the Chief of Army Staff said Boko Haram killed 3,000 people; the security agencies have killed a lot more than 3,000 when this thing started. On the first day that this crisis erupted in Maiduguri, over 5,000 people were killed.

"Boko Haram is just like any other religious sect, it has existed for ages. It's not a new phenomenon, but it is the activities of particularly the police who pushed the Boko Haram people to wall by killing their leaders, killing thousands of other innocent people that is what forced them to come out against the Nigerian state," he said.

The lawmaker called on the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff and other security chiefs to investigate the activities of security agencies.

Senator Shabi Ya'u (ANPP, Zamfara North) described the robbery attack in Zamfara as bizzare, barbaric and the highest level of anarchy.

In the same vein, Senator Ayogu Eze (PDP, Enugu) described the situation as a failure of security and intelligence.

Senate President David Mark said it was imperative to call the attention of the IGP to the problem.

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