The House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Federal Government to direct heads of security agencies to call their personnel to order to forestall abuse of firearms and maltreatment of Nigerians.
Reps condemn maltreatment of Nigerians by security agents
While appreciating the commitment of security agencies in the discharge of their duties, the legislator stressed the need for the agencies to strengthen punitive measures to check erring officers.
The call was the outcome of a motion sponsored by Rep. Solomon Adaelu (PDP- Abia) which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.
Moving the motion, Adaelu noted that the primary function of the security agencies was to protect lives and properties of Nigerians as well as maintain law and order.
He said that cases of brutality, harassment, extra-judicial killings and excessive use of force by security personnel on hapless Nigerians had tarnished the image of the security agencies.
"The trend has become more alarming in recent time as security agents use their firearms indiscriminately and unlawfully on unarmed Nigerians,’’ he said.
The lawmaker said that some relevant laws provide for the observance of rules of engagement in dealing with the civil populace.
He warned that if left not checked, the excesses might spiral out of control and could lead to breakdown of law and order.
Adaelu said that in carrying out their functions, security agencies are permitted by law when necessary to use justifiable minimum amount of force or coercion.
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