Senate Summons Wike, FCT Police Commissioner Over Kidnap, Killing Of Legal Aide

By Damilare Adeleye

The Senate has summoned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, over the kidnapping and killing of Chris Agidy, a legal aide to Senator Ned Nwoko.

This was coming after the FCT Police Command, on Tuesday, arrested second most wanted suspected kidnapper, Samaila Wakili Fafa, popularly known as Habu Ibrahim in Sardauna Forest, Toto, Nasarawa State.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, said the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike had placed a N20 million bounty on the suspect.

The police spokesperson said Samaila had “confessed that his syndicate masterminded and executed several kidnappings in FCT and its environs, including the abduction of Barr. Chris Agidy, the legal aide to Senator Ned Nwoko and Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the district head of Ketti Village, who were later killed by them”.

Samaila Wakili further led the police to where they would find the remains of Agidy. The remains were recovered and deposited in Gwagwalada General Hospital.

Agidy was kidnapped along with 19 others in the Galadimawa area of Abuja in November 2023.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Senate agreed that the FCT minister and the commissioner of police should appear before it for a briefing over the spate of kidnappings in the country’s capital city.

The upper legislative chamber’s invitation followed the adoption of prayers contained in a motion sponsored by Senator Nwoko on the kidnap and killing of his senior legislative aide.

The lawmakers also adopted other prayers after a debate on the motion including that the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, should urgently increase security patrols and surveillance within Abuja and across the nation for proactive measures against kidnappings.

The Senate further agreed that the police boss should see to the installation of CCTV cameras in strategic locations within and around Abuja highways and that the police should dedicate a three-digit emergency number for effective emergency response.

The lawmakers also agreed that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should urgently ensure the functionality of dedicated emergency numbers for the police, ambulance, and fire service emergencies to enhance swift response to security and public safety incidents.

Also, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, stated that Wike and Igwe are to meet the Senate in a closed-door session on a date to be written in a letter of invitation to be forwarded to them by the Senate’s Clerk, Chinedu Akubueze.

The Senate President was quoted as saying, “The FCT Minister and Police Commissioner would appear before us in closed session on a date to be sent to them by the Clerk of the Senate.

“Their expected appearance before the Senate is to hear from them, measures and strategies being put in place to stem the ugly tide of kidnappings in FCT.

“Incidences like kidnapping and killing of SLA of Senator Nwoko and some residents of FCT, are worrisome and must be stopped not only in FCT but in Nigeria generally.”