Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar saturday called on elders and eminent citizens of Nasarawa State to collaborate with the Police in order fish out the perpetrators of Tuesday’s killing of Policemen in Alakyo village. IGP Abubakar made the call when he visited wives and family members of the slain officers in Lafia. The IGP, who was accompanied by the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, described the killing of the officer as “callous” and had never been heard in the history of the force.
He disclosed that some officers were still being held hostage by the militia group, adding that efforts were being made to ensure their release. “We are making every peaceful effort to ensure that some of our men, still being held hostage, are released unhurt,” Abubakar said. He expressed optimism that with the level of dialogue been done both at the state level and in some other quarters the officers being held would soon be released. He said the Police had taken appropriate measures to cushion the effect of the loss the families of the slain officers, especially the upkeep of their children.
On his part, the Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade said such “barbaric” act of snuffing lives out of security personnel, who are meant to safeguard lives, is unacceptable in a decent society. “Somebody somewhere is causing havoc for whatever reason and the society must not allow that to continue,” he added. Olubolade assured Nigerians that the Police and management would dig deep in order to unravel those behind the killing of the officers and bring them to justice. Governor Umaru Al-Makura, while welcoming the IGP and his entourage, commiserated with President Goodluck Jonathan and the security high command over the killing of the officers.
Al-Makura, who took time to explain the excesses of the “Ombatse” group in the past and the event leading to last Tuesday’s killing of officers, said they had been proscribed since January 2013 and were carrying out their activities unlawfully.