The House of Representatives yesterday directed its Committees on Police Affairs, Human Rights and Justice, to carry out an investigative hearing into the facts surrounding the time and circumstances of the death of the principal suspect of Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu.
At the plenary presided over by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the House also directed that the committee must report back in four weeks.
This followed a motion moved by a member from Kwara State, Alhaji Zakari Mohammed.
The House also mandated the committee to uncover the issues and questions as to when the suspect died, how he died, why the police denied the facts of his death, and at what point the police are covering up the facts.
The committee was also asked to unravel issues of human rights abuse, extra-judicial killings, and manipulation of criminal investigation by police.
Mohammed, a lawmaker representing Baruten/Kaiama federal constituency of the state, expressed worry that there have been inconsistencies in the various statements by the police and a possible cover-up of this extra-judicial killing with the aim of tarnishing the image of some innocent individuals for political purposes.
The lawmaker noted the shocking disclosure by the police that Michael Adikwu, the principal suspect in the unfortunate bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State that occurred on the 5th of April 2018 is dead.
He explained why the matter needed to be quickly addressed thus, “Aware that the police initially confirmed to the Attorney General of Kwara State through the Police Public Relations – Moshood Jimoh that the principal suspect was alive and in custody and was helping the police in the investigations of the robbery that led to the killing of 22 people and recovery of firearms that were carted away.
“Concerned that it took the police so long to make the disclosure about the death of the principal suspect after denying its veracity as was reported in the media.
“Cognizant that the fundamental duty of the police is to protect lives and property of all citizens irrespective of political affiliation.
“Also aware that it is the constitutional duty of the hallowed chamber to take action wherever such level of irresponsibility and recklessness of an important law enforcement agency such as police have arisen in the course of investigations into a vicious crime.”