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More police deployed to quell Agatu killings

24 March 2016, 20:23

Benue - The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered the deployment of two units of Police Mobile Force to the Agatu Local Government Areas of Benue State.

This is in response to killings blamed on herdsmen during land clashes.

Arase has visited the area to assess the extent of damage  and the impact on the people.

The mobile units are to reinforce the unit on ground, while additional police operational vehicles were also sent to the Commissioner of Police in the State Command to aid operational support.

Arase reaffirmed that the Nigeria Police Force, working in conjunction with the State Government, would do everything within its powers to investigate culprits involved in recent killings.

Also read: Fulani leader blames Agatu people for crisis

“An end must be put to this endless circle of impunity,” said Arase.

Arase, while describing as regrettable, unprovoked and brutal the killing of two policemen who were on legitimate assignment in the troubled area of Benue State, by the people of the area, warned that any person found to be involved in the killing would be made to bear the full wrath of the law.

Arase commiserated with families of the affected victims.

He appealed for the citizens’ support and cooperation to enable the Nigeria Police and other security agencies unmask the perpetrators and sponsors of the crime.

More than 500 people across nine communities have reportedly been killed and over 10 000 displaced following herdsmen invasion of some communities in Agatu local government area.

- CAJ News


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