The House of Representatives has urged the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged invasion of five communities in Ahiazu Local Government Area of Imo State by law enforcement agents.
This followed the adoption of a motion moved under matters of urgent of national importance by member representing .Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency of Imo State, Emeka Chinedu.
Leading the debate the lawmaker noted with concern, the alleged invasion, siege, unlawful arrest and wanton destruction of lives and property belonging to indigenes of these five Communities, which commenced in the early hours of Saturday, February 12, by armed men suspected to be law enforcement agents.
According to him,the primary responsibility of law enforcement agencies is to maintain law and order and to protect lives and property, not to take action that are inimical to fundamental human rights
Chinedu expressed worry that such invasions, siege and wanton destruction of lives and property is expanding in scope and frequency in the Country especially in Imo State.
He further noted that Nigerians were increasingly losing hope and confidence in the Nation’s law enforcers due to their highhandedness, unethical conducts and total disregard for rule of law and engagements.
The lawmaker added that the fight against unlawful activities or any form of criminality, must be anchored on the rule of law as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as amended, especially when human lives and property are involved.
Chinedu said the danger inherent in one-sided narrative as often packaged by law enforcement agents in such circumstances without thorough investigation is not only unhealthy for democracy, especially where law enforcement agents recklessly invade, attack, destroy and maim before coming up with some frame up to rationalize extra judicial activities.
The House thereafter mandated its committees on Police Affairs and Army to ensure compliance.
By Aisha Adesanya