At the House of Representatives session on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and a lawmaker were engaged in a verbal war over the identity of suspected insurgents who invaded Kaiama community in Kwara State last January.
While the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Ebong Eyibio, said that the invaders were bandits who have been arrested, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, who represents Baruten/Kaiama Federal Constituency, said they were terrorists.
The Police boss and the lawmaker spoke at an investigative hearing by the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence on the invasion of Kaiama community last January by suspected insurgents.
Describing the invaders as bandits, who were looking for what to eat, the IGP explained that “13 of them have been arrested, with three of them convicted”.
But Hon. Mohammed insisted that “what we have is beyond banditry. They have an approach. They come, attack, kill and go. The issue is real insurgency. We don’t want a repeat of the Sambisa in Kiama. If anything happens to Kaima, we are in for it. I want the police to see it as an emergency and quell it very urgently”.
The committee’s Chairman, Hon Aminu Sani Jaji, called for proper coordination and synergy between the security agencies, communities and the government in the fight against insurgency in the country.