senate condemns enugu killings

Senator Ike Ekweremadu today pressed his Senate colleagues to condemn Sunday’s Enugu multiple killings by a Police Inspector.

After examining the draft resolution, the Senate unanimously resolved to “totally condemn the Enugu killings” and another in Owerri.

A trigger-happy police inspector on Sunday 20 June opened fire on passersby in Enugu, killing five and wounding four.

Senate also heard news of alleged killing of a Germany-based Nigerian, Oguchi Unachukwu, near Owerri Airport in Imo State.

Unachukwu was allegedly shot by a Nigeria Air Force personnel around the tollgate of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport.

Witnesses said he was killed in the presence of his wife, Ijeoma, his two year-old son and four month-old daughter;

Senate used the resolution to demand an investigation of the “fatal shootings by security agents in Enugu and Imo States.”

It also expressed concern that no arrests was made by the Air Force or law enforcement agencies on the Imo State shooting.

Senators expressed worry about “rising reports of misuse of legitimate weapons by security agents and extra-judicial killings in the Southeast.”

The resolution noted “the wider implications of such incidents to the peace and security” of the region and the nation.

Police Inspector-General, Service Chiefs and heads of other armed security agencies were directed to regularly assess “the state of mind of their personnel.”

They are also to retrain them on relations with the civilian populations.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, condemned the shootings and expressed sympathy of the Senate to the victims and their families.