The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter of extrajudicial killings by security personnel enforcing the COVID19 restriction.
The lower chamber has also urged the President to direct heads of security agencies implicated in the human rights abuses and killing of innocent Nigerians to immediately fish out the perpetrators for prosecution and punishment according to law.
The House of Peps also directed its committee on Police Affairs, Defence, Interior and Human Rights to investigate the abuses and killings.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by the deputy chief whip of the House, Nkirukiah Onyejeocha and Dachung Bagos during plenary on Tuesday.
Moving the motion, Onyejeocha said that 18 persons have been killed by security agents within this lockdown period in Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States; according to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
She noted that, “the Nigeria Correctional Service was responsible for eight, Nigeria Police Force was responsible for seven, the Nigerian Army was responsible for two, while the Ebonyi State Task Force on COVID-19, Afikpo South LGA was responsible for one.”
The lawmaker from Abia state noted that the situation in her state is becoming worrisome and urged the House to condemn the act.
“Abia State has assumed a more worrisome dimension with the brutalisation of the people and killing of five innocent persons namely; Onyemazu Chibueze of Isuochi Umunneochi LGA on April 4, 2020; a petrol station attendant in Ogbor Hill, Aba on Monday 6 April 2020; Amobi Igwe, a commercial motorist in Umuikea, Isiala Ngwa South LGA on Wednesday 15 April 2020; Ifeanyi Arunsi of Ebem Ohafia on Friday 17 April 2020; and one other person in Uratta Junction, Aba also on Friday 17 April 2020.”
The motion was adopted when it was put to vote by the Presiding officer, Femi Gbajabiamila.