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16 suspects arrested over Okene killings

13 August 2012, 10:42

Kogi - The Police in Kogi have said that only 16 suspects are in custody over the Aug. 6 killing of 19 worshippers at the Deeper Life Bible Church and two soldiers at Okene town on Aug. 7.

Mr Simon Ile,  Public Relations Officer of the state police command, who confirmed this to newsmen on Sunday in Lokoja, said that investigations had commenced to determine the level of culpability of those arrested.

According to him, those who have nothing to do with the crisis will be set free.

He confirmed that the immediate past Chairman of Okene Local Government, Mr Yahaya Karaku, was among those being detained but said that the man was not shot in the leg as rumoured.  

Karaku currently serves as a special adviser to Gov. Idris Wada.

Ile said that all the suspects were in good condition, adding that no lawmaker had been detained.

Also speaking on the security situation in Okene, the Commandant, Command Army Record, Lokoja,  Maj.-Gen. Alphonsus Chukwu, refuted the allegation of brutality against soldiers on duty in the town.

``I will be at Okene tomorrow, Monday, to confirm some of these allegations, but the commander on ground assured me that there was nothing like that,’’ Chukwu,who spoke on phone, said.

However, residents of Okene have continued to raise alarm over the activities of some of the soldiers and mobile policemen deployed by government to keep the peace.

They alleged that the security agents had been preventing them from going about their legitimate businesses.



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