18 January 2013

Nigeria: House to Probe Oshiomhole's Allegation Against Police

Following allegations by the governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that a serving deputy-inspector general of Police (DIG) deliberately bungled the investigation of the murder of his principal private secretary, the House of Representatives has resolved to probe the matter with a view to finding out the truth or otherwise of the allegation.

Governor Oshiomhole had, during a speech at a Nigeria Police code of conduct book presentation last week, accused the DIG, who was deployed to the state to investigate the case, of complicity in the murder of his secretary and stalling action on evidence provided by the Department of Security Services, DSS, in the matter. The Police have since denied the allegations.

But the lawmakers, while taking the decision yesterday at the plenary session, mandated its committees on Police Affairs and Justice to take an in-depth look at the matter and report back to the House within 14 days.

Leading the debate on the motion, the sponsor, Hon Pally Iriase (ACN, Edo State) raised the alarm over the gravity of the allegation made by the governor, pointing out that the governor couldn't have made the accusations if he was not sure of his information.

Iriase also noted the inconsistency between the results achieved by the DSS and the Police, which he said points out that there is a problem between inter-security agencies in the country. He queried how the average Nigerian can be provided security if even high profile cases are not being solved even with evidence on them.

Shedding more light on the motion, the minority whip of the House, Hon Samson Osagie (ACN, Edo State) explained that the motion was not aimed at passing judgement on the DSS or Police, but to ascertain why the two agencies have different suspects in the case and why the Police have refused to act on the case file transferred to them by the DSS on the matter.

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