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Saraki Ask Okiro to Caution Police on Professionalism, Summon IGP Idris to Provide Security

By Marcel Samuel

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has urged the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro to ensure professionalism return to the Nigeria Police Force, so as to be able to combat crime and criminality in the country.

Speaking on the level of criminality and the raging security crisis in parts of the country, Saraki said, it is disturbing that the NPF was unable to rise to the occasion of tackling the security challenges adequately.

The call was made when the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro led other members of the commission on a visit to the Red Chamber, to appeal for the consideration and quick passage of the establishment of the Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, Kano Bill.

Okiro said the Bill has been pending in the National Assembly since 2012, adding that there is urgent need to pass it as Cadets of the school would be graduating in October this year and there is no law backing the institution.

The Senate President noted the unprofessional conduct of the Force is a big concern, adding that it must be quickly addressed by the commission to enhance service, while explaining that the security challenges facing the nation is why the Senate has decided to organised a security summit that would bring all critical security stakeholders together to find holistic solutions to the menace.

He said the Senate spent most of their time in plenary discussing security issues which are coming from different parts of the country, like, Zamfara, Kano and the recent Benue killings.

Saraki further stated that it is worrisome that the security apparatus of the country is incapable of protecting lives and property, citing the breakdown of law and order in some parts of the country.

In another development, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, directed the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police to summon the Inspector General of Police, to provide adequate security to Senator Kwankwaso, to enable him visit his constituency in Kano State.

He said it was not acceptable that a Senator could not visit his constituent because Police could not provide security.

Speaking at the Senate plenary on the cancellation of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s trip to Kano due to security concern, the Senate President said, “Kwankwaso’s silence on this issue shows that there is a problem, security must be provided for him, because I don’t see any reason why he can’t travel to his constituency”.

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