Insecurity: IGP to appear before Senate

The Senate will summon the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to brief the upper chamber on efforts in progress to address the escalating cases of insecurity in the country, Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan has said.

Lawan, in a speech delivered to welcome lawmakers back from a six-week recess on Tuesday, said the National Assembly will also engage the Executive arm of government on the need for the immediate implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS).

“The security situation in our country requires serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed the National Assembly.

“Recently, the security in the country had deteriorated and the attendant loss of lives is not acceptable. We need to secure the lives and property of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution.

“We all are witnesses to how our economy is also affected by the inclement security situation. Therefore, we need to speedily seek for solutions to fix the security problem bedeviling our dear country.

“There is urgent need for paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is the citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security.

“In this regard, the Senate will engage the Executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS) 2019.

“For a long time, major stakeholders in the security of our nation and police authorities appear to achieve consensus on the necessity of introduction of Community Policing in the country.”

Lawan added that the Senate will pursue the implementation of community policing vigorously. “To this end, the police authorities will be invited to brief and update the Senate on the progress made so far,” he added.

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