IGP sets up special team to investigate killing of policemen

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has inaugurated a team of  specialised detectives, Police Scene of Crime Experts and Technical Intelligence Unit,  to investigate Monday’s killing of seven policemen in the Federal Capital Territory.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that suspected armed robbers and bandits at a roundabout in Galadimawa area of Abuja killed the policemen who were on stop-and-search duty.


A statement by the Force spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, on Thursday in Abuja named CP Bala Ciroma as leader of the team.


The team, he added,  comprises  of four Deputy Commissioners of  Police, two Assistant Commissioners of  Police and a Chief Superintendent of Police.


Moshood said that the mandates  of the team were to  carry out a thorough and discreet investigation of the attack and killing of the  policemen and to  arrest as well as  prosecute those responsible.


The team, he added, would also  detect the motives behind the killing while working  with the Commissioner of Police in the  Federal Capital Territory.


Moshood said the team would  take over further investigation into the killings from the FCT CIID and take any other instruction from the I-G in ensuring the prompt resolution of the crime.


The team would also  obtain evidence and  receive complaints and information from public spirited individuals or any other member of the public to proffer strategies and recommendations to forestall similar attacks in future.


The spokesman  said that the team,  which had commenced investigation,  had  21 days to complete the assignment.


He said that the force would not relent  on its renewed commitment to  crime prevention and control and adequate protection of lives and property throughout the country.


Moshood pledged  that the force would ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime were brought to justice.


“The Inspector General of Police hereby implores members of the public in the Federal Capital Territory to cooperate with the Investigation Team.


“Any member of the public with useful information about the killings  will be appreciated and can use the following numbers–08032003913, 08061581938 and 07057337653– to reach the Investigation Team,’’ he said.



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