The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammamed Adamu, to immediately see to the arrest and prosecution of criminals behind the killing of a farmer in Amankpunato Autonomous Community in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Okechukwu, representing Aninri/Agwu/Oji-River Federal Constituency, Enugu State, made this known in a statement on Wednesday conveying his condolences to the bereaved family and the Amankpunato community over the sad loss. He said that brining the killers to book would serve as a deterrent to other criminal elements in the country.
He said: “While I commend the Government of Enugu State for its efforts at securing the State through investments in security, I call on the President and IGP to get our farms and state rid of criminal herders, hoodlums, and other forms of criminals immediately.
While calling on the President to deploy more resources to the Nigeria Police to help build its capacity to protect lives and property better, he equally urged him to lend his political weight to the Bill for the Establishment of State Police.
“From the nationwide incidences of killing, kidnapping, rape, and plundering by bandits, criminal herdsmen, insurgents, armed robbers, kidnap gangs, and other criminal syndicates it is very clear that we have a lot of work to do.
“The Federal Government needs to render more material support to the current IGP in his efforts to groom the Nigeria Police into a truly modern, civil, and portent homeland security outfit.
“It becomes imperative, therefore, for Mr. President to also lend his political weight to the Bill for the Establishment of State Police sponsored by Senator Ike Ike Ekweremadu in the current National Assembly”, Okechukwu added.