Why do I find this story so deeply troubling? And why is the Police being told not to “retaliate” ? Since when is bringing criminals to book retaliation? I thought it was called “justice”? Since when is it okay for anyone to resort to any form of jungle justice? We are told the villagers acted in self defense and so its okay that almost a hundred officers were killed? Goodness! The request from the house of reps in my opinion is NOT a plea but a subtle threat.
Lawmakers say a team will reach out to the spouses of the slain personnel.
The House of Representatives issued a surprising plea to police authorities Thursday, urging the force to let go of any plan to retaliate against the killing of more than 30 of its personnel by a suspected cult group in Nasarawa State
Lawmakers condemned the shocking attack on the personnel who were ambushed on a mission to dislodge the group, but urged restraint and pledged to institute a team to reach out to the spouses of the slain officers.
Wives of policemen took to the streets on Thursday to protest the murder, barricading the Akwanga-Lafia
Federal Highway in Nasarawa State.
Raising the matter for urgent consideration, the lawmaker representing the area in the House, Kigbu Haruna (PDP), said that within six months, the state has lost many people as a result of similar clashes.
Mr. Haruna urged the Federal and Nasarawa State governments to dialogue with the group involved in the killings instead of retaliating.
“We cannot condone it anymore as the crisis if not checked will stretch to the Federal Capital Territory
, Abuja,” Mr. Haruna warned.
Lawmakers delivered stern condemnation of the killings, many questioning whether it was now approved for Nigerian
citizens to bear arms.
Ahmed Idris (ACN, Plateau) called for immediate action to be taken by the Federal Government to stop the killings in not just Nasarawa state but Nigeria as a whole
There are claims that up to 90 security officials – far more than the figure officially released by the police- may have been killed in the attack. Reports say some of those killed belonged to the State Security Service
and the Civil Defence Corps.
The Police Commissioner
in the state, Abayomi Akeremale, on Thursday told journalists that the bodies of 30 officers had been recovered while some were missing. Nine police patrol vehicles were also burnt, he said, adding that investigation was on and no arrests had been made.
“We believe that members of the group are still in the bush around the area and we would do all we can to smoke them out,” the commissioner of police told the News Agency of Nigeria
The Directorate of State Security
also said it has deployed a search and rescue team to determine fatalities of its operatives involved in the operation.
Culled from naij.com