THE House of Representatives, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to establish a Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the existence and operation of a kidnappers’ den in Soka area of Oluyole Local Government Area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Judicial Commission of Enquiry, the House said, should “unravel the facts behind the establishment and operation of this theatre of horror with a view to punish the sponsors of the criminal enterprise.”
To this end, the House equally mandated its Committees on Human Rights, Police, Public Safety and National Security to investigate the matter and report to the House within four weeks.
The House also urged the Inspector General of Police to direct his men to take over the area and preserve the material evidence on ground.
The House resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Honourable Ibrahim Olaifa, on the need to investigate the matter, saying that, “ this is a national tragedy and a calamity of monumental proportion requiring the intervention of the government as the custodian of the duty to protect the lives and dignity of its citizens.”
Honourable Olaifa, while moving the motion, also frowned on the planned demolition of the kidnappers’ den, saying, that, “in spite of the people’s protest to get to the root of this embarrassing discovery and force the criminals to face the full wrath of the law, the state government has ordered the demolition of the kidnappers’ den”.
He said that, “the demolition of this facility will eliminate most of the material evidence needed by the police to investigate the heinous crimes perpetrated by the sponsors of this facility thereby aiding their escape from justice.”
When the motion was put to vote by the Speaker, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, who presided over the session, it was unanimously supported.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11 of the Nigeria Police, Mr Femi Omojola, has assured members of the public that all those connected with the hideous crime that was discovered at Soka area of Ibadan would be arrested and prosecuted.
The AIG made the remarks on Thursday when he visited the scene with the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa.
Also in his entourage were the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Mr Musa Kimo; Assistant Commissioner, State CID, Dasuki Galadanchi; Officer-in-Charge, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Isah Garba; the Squadron Commander, 4 MPF, Shuaib Dan’Agundi; the Officer-in-Charge, State Intelligence Bureau, Mr Anthony Okonkwo and the Officer-in-Charge, Skynet Squad, ASP Usman Dimka, among others.
Saying that he was acting on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to see things himself, AIG Omojola expressed appreciation to members of the public for their patience and support.
He also commented on the demolition exercise which was suspended on Wednesday, saying that it was for strategic purpose so that forensic experts and other police investigators could come and do their jobs.
On the security guard arrested at the scene on Saturday, the AIG remarked that investigations were still ongoing but said that the police would not reveal anything yet so as to not to hamper investigations.
In a related development, the wife of the governor of Oyo State, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, on Thursday, stated that the exposure of the Soka death zone is a sign of answered prayers in the state.
Mrs Ajimobi said that because God reigns in Oyo state, no secret of the wicked will remain covered as the prayers being offered by people especially women will continue to work against the forces of darkness.