He stated categorically that the House would not accept extra-judicial killings, harassment, intimidation and other forms of violence unleashed on innocent Nigerians by police personnel.
The Speaker, who stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open a public hearing by the House Committee on Police Affairs chaired by Hon. Usman Kumo, bemoaned the recent alleged extra-judicial killing of a footballer by the police in Sagamu, Ogun State.
He said that although the public hearing with the theme ‘Repositioning the Nigeria Police for an Enhanced Delivery’ might come with some uncomfortable truths, the Nigeria Police should take home the contributions of stakeholders as they would be the ultimate beneficiaries.
Gbajabimila said that the public hearing has been convened to examine the ways the House can act to improve the capacity of the police to deliver on its obligations to the people.
The Speaker however described as unfortunate a situation where some men of the police, saddled with the constitutional responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people, turn out to be against the citizens.
He stressed that more than any other institution of the state, it is the police that relate with the citizens daily, adding that in many communities across Nigeria, the Police Force is the only representative of the Nigerian state, and the connection between the citizens and the state is often defined by their interactions with the Nigeria Police.