The Senate Wednesday urged the acting Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman and the Police Service Commission to probe the alleged illegal detention of 14 youths in Taraba State.
It also asked the IGP to unravel the role played by the police and a judicial officer in the arrest and detention of the youths.
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This followed a motion by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba), who said: “14 members of my senatorial district were on the 23rd of April 2021, bundled out of their domain and taken to Jalingo, detained in police cell and all entreaties to get them on bail fell on deaf ear.
“The alleged offence being made against them was said to be criminal assault and criminal force and mischief which actually was the quarrel or exchange of unpleasant words between them and a younger brother of my governor.”
Bwacha alleged that despite the bail application served on the police one week after they were detained, the police hurriedly went to see a judicial officer who issued a warrant of detention without hearing from the accused.