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IG visits families of slain policemen

12 May 2013, 07:24

Lafia - The Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, has appealed to the Nasarawa State elders to help the police fish out those behind the killing of policemen in Alakyo Village on Tuesday.

He made the appeal on Saturday in Lafia, when he visited the wives of the slain police officer and described the killing as callous.

About 30 policemen were killed.

The police boss said 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.

The Minister of Police Affairs retired Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade, who also spoke described the killing as barbaric.

“Somebody somewhere is causing havoc for whatever reason and the society must not allow that to continue,” he said.

Olubolade assured Nigerians that the police would unravel those behind the killing and bring them to justice.

Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, said that the Ombatse Group that perpetrated the dastardly act, was proscribed since January.

He said that elders of the area were not happy with the activities of the group, “but could not talk to them for fear of the sophisticated weapons at their disposal''.

The governor said that efforts were being made to recover the remaining bodies of the slain officers.

NAN reports that the IG had a closed door meeting with the spouses of the slain officers at the state police headquarter in Lafia.

Stella Momoh, the widow of a slain officer, who spoke to NAN, said she could not believe the her husband was dead.

She thanked the IG for the visit and expressed the hope that the Police High Command would take care of their children as promised.

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