Police arrest eight over alleged attack on Al-Makura
Parade 19 in Kogi
NASARAWA State Police Command has arrested eight persons for allegedly attacking Governor Tanko Al-Makura on December 5 during the funeral of Alhaji Mohammadu Yamusa II, the late Emir of Keffi.
The state Police Command Public Relation Officer, Ismaila Umar-Numan, stated this in Keffi during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
NAN recalls that some angry youths were alleged to have stoned the governor’s convoy and called him names during the late Emir’s burial.
“As I am talking to you, eight persons have been arrested over the attack on Governor Tanko Al-Makura during the burial of the late Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Mohammadu Yamusa II on Friday.
In Kogi, the state Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu paraded 19 suspects for various crimes in Lokoja, the state capital.
The offences for which the suspected criminals were arrested include armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of currency suspected to be counterfeit, criminal conspiracy and disturbance of public peace.
According to the Nasarawa Police PRO, “The police will continue to maintain law and order in the state considering the importance of peace to the socio-economic development of the state and the country at large,” he said.
Umar-Numan said that the suspects were being investigated and called on the youths in the state not to take the law into their hands.
Ojukwu, who spoke through the Kogi PPRO, William Aya, disclosed that five of the suspects; Aminu Alhaji, Onuche Sumaila, Hassan Abalala, Malik Agala and Husseini Alhaji, all males, were nabbed by the State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) after a stop-and-search on the Itobe/Anyigba road.
Ojukwu said they were arrested with locally made pistol, five live cartridges, navy blue mask and other exhibits.
Ojukwu added, “The worst of the robbery attack, according to the police commissioner, was between Itobe and Anyigba Highway linking the eastern part of the country.”
He called for collaboration from government and public individuals in its efforts to rid the state of criminality.
The commissioner said combating crimes in any given society could easily be realized through joint partnership between government, individuals and the police.
According to the Kogi police commissioner, “The society could play its significant role of curbing the alarming rate of crimes ravaging the state by giving useful information that will assist the police to trap down criminal elements at all times”.
Ojukwu assured that the command would not relent in its desire to continue to give its officers’ welfare a topmost priority.
He also promised dedicated police officers in the pursuit of eradicating crimes in the state of handsome reward as compensation for their hard work and a motivation for others to emulate.
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