Senate summons Acting IGP over kidnappings, banditry, Saraki promises to release more funds to the Police

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja, Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The Senate on Tuesday grilled acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Adamu Muhammed, for about two and a half hours over the security challenges facing the country.

The lawmakers had summoned the IG over a spate of killings, kidnappings and banditry in parts of the country.

Shortly after the lawmakers began Tuesday’s plenary, Adamu was ushered into the chamber at 11.22pm for a closed-door session.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the session, said the IG briefed them “on banditry, kidnappings, robberies, terrorist  activities and other security challenges facing the country and police’s efforts towards ameliorating the situation”.”

The former Kwara State governor added, “He promised to address the areas that have to do with the discipline of officers that have been found wanting and efforts would be made to improve the situation, particularly in the Abuja-Kaduna area, and intelligence and technology.”

Saraki said they promised to assist the police in the area of funding to enable them to tackle the security challenges.

Addressing  reporters  after the meeting, Adamu said, “They (Senate) sought to know the strategies we have put in place to deal with  insecurity in the country and I expounded on a lot of strategies that we have put in place that are working. We reviewed the strategies.”

He added, “They appreciated what we presented. They also made suggestions to enhance the strategies we said we had deployed.

“They have agreed to support us in every area in order to do our job to make the country secure.”

The IG said although the force lacked manpower, they would make good use of the men at their disposal.

He said, “The number of personnel  we have can never be enough but the government is doing its best. Every year we  recruit more police. This year we  will recruit  10,000. So, the number is growing and very soon we will meet the required number  to be deployed to fight crime.”

The police chief denied reports that the Federal Government had offered Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association N100bn to help stop Fulani herdsmen from killing people in the country.

He said, “It was social media information. It has nothing to do with it (with his appearance before the Senate); there was no discussion to that effect. The source of the information, nobody knows. Certainly, it is not from the government; it is somebody’s imagination.”

It was the IG’s  first appearance before a chamber of the National Assembly since he was appointed in January.

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