Senate President mourns victims of fire incident in Borno IDP camp

of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with victims of the fire incident that occurred Thursday at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp Ngala, Borno.

Lawan, a statement by his Adviser Media, Mr Ola Awoniyi Abuja Friday, mourned the 14 people who lost their lives and sympathised with those injured in the inferno.

The Senate  also commiserated with the and people of Borno over the tragic incident.

He called authorities to investigate the incident with a view to averting a re-occurrence.

In another development, the Lawal has decried the alleged case of extra-judicial killings by security agents, in the process of enforcing the lockdown in parts of the country, as reported by the National Rights Commission (NHRC).

He said he saddened by the NHRC report that 18 people were killed by high-handed security officers tasked to enforce the stay at home directives.

Lawan said that extra-judicial killings, in whatever guise, should be discouraged in the society.

He called a thorough investigation of the cases, adding that those indicted should be promptly brought to account.

“Life is sacred; it is a tragedy that those asked to enforce compliance with emergency measures adopted public safety are now accused of responsibility needless and totally avoidable deaths of citizens,’’ Lawan said.

The Senate said that any officer found culpable of unprofessional use of weapons should, as standard practice, be made to face prosecution.

He urged citizens to continue to cooperate with the authorities as they strive to defend the country against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. ()