The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into alleged cases of extra-judicial killings by security forces in Jos, Plateau State and its environs.
The House Wednesday mandated its joint Committees on Police Affairs, Interior, Defence and National Security to investigate the cases of extra-judicial killings in the said areas, and report back within six weeks.
This was sequel to a motion by Hon. Muhammad Alkali, lamenting the killings and cases of rampant kidnapping in Jos and surrounding communities.
He cited the reported cases of extra-judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by security operatives, saying on the 21 September, 2022, 16 Year Usman Bala was shot dead, while two others were injured by a Police Officer attached to the C Division of the Nigeria Police Force Jos, Plateau State as cases in question.
He said also on 4 December 2022, security operatives allegedly shot and killed one Magaji Ahmad, a Keke NAPEP rider of Dutse Uku Area of Jos for exceeding the approved operations hours imposed by the State Government.
He said there had been “a report by the Vanguard Newspapers of December 11, 2022, where the corpse of one Ruth Musa Pastor was found around a car wash in Farin Gada area, Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau State”, and similarly, on 7 September 2022, a 14 years Maryam Danliti Usman was found dead in Babale Community of Jos-North Local Government Area with her private parts cut off.
According to him, “if stringent security measures are not taken to safeguard the lives of the citizens in compliance with Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) particularly Section 14 (2)(b) which states that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government; it might constitute a threat to national security”.