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Senate asks IGP to investigate maltreatment of Nigerians by foreigners


By  Princess-Ekwi Ajide, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate, says there is urgent need to check the alarming trend of inhuman treatment and torture of Nigerian citizens by foreign nationals in the country.

The Senate during plenary, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to investigate the maltreatment and torture of Nigerians by foreign nationals living in Nigeria.

Presenting the motion, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo (Bayelsa East) noted that in a bid to get a confession from  victims alleged to have stolen iron rods, a Lebanese ordered some of his Nigerian subordinates to gag the mouths of one Mr. Anayo Friday Ndubuisi and a Chadian who later died with rags to stifle any noise from them.

According to him, they were beaten mercilessly with iron rods, tied to a car and driven round their premises adding that the Lebanese also set his dog upon the victims and the said dog attacked them.

Senator Biobarakuma lamented that, the second Nigerian (a security personnel), while trying to defend and absolve Anayo Friday Ndubuisi from any allegation was shot with an arrow, thereby leading to grievous bodily harm.

He noted that some suspects have been arrested and paraded by officers of the Nigeria Police Force in connection with what he termed nauseating crime against humanity but without the Lebanese being apprehended or paraded.

Senator Biobarakuma, expressed surprised that certain insinuations have been made by some concerned security authorities involved in the matter that since the late Chadian was an illegal migrant, little or nothing can be done about the case;

He informed that the administration of criminal justice system provides protection for foreigners such as the late Chadian irrespective of his migration status; and opined that the despicable level of gross subjugation of Nigerians in their own Country by some foreign nationals, had become one too many and must be urgently checked to preserve the sanctity and dignity of human life at all times in accordance with the bill of rights as enshrined in chapter 4 of the constitution and other international conventions and protocols.

Accordingly, the Senate in its resolution condemned in the strongest of terms the dastardly acts committed against the victims and called on the Inspector General of Police to commence thorough investigations into the acts of the said Lebanese in question, his dog and similar infractions by other foreign nationals, acting by themselves or in collusion with Nigerians or members of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Chamber demanded the prosecution of those found culpable in accordance with the provisions of the law to serve as a deterrent to others just as it urged the Ministry of Labour and related MDAs to take adequate steps to address the labour-related issues in respect of the case and similar ones to ensure that the rising trend of crime and criminality is curbed.



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