BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI & Henry Umoru
ABUJA — THE Senate Presi-dent David Mark warned, Sunday, that unless everybody comes together to tackle the security challenge, the perpetrators might over run the country.
This came as the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, directed the AIG in charge Zone 4, Mike Zuokumor, to relocate to Lafia, Nasarawa State, following last Wednesday’s killing of scores of Policemen in the state by the Ombatse sect group and the delay in investigation to apprehend the culprits.
The Senate President who expressed grave concern over the continued killings and wanton destruction of property in the country argued that foreigners who might be accused of being sponsors of members Boko Haram sect currently terrorising some parts of the country would not succeed if Nigerians were not involved internally as willing tools for the deadly act.
‘’There could be foreign collaborators but the foreigners would not succeed if there are no willing tools internally,” he said,
In a statement, yesterday, by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark also raised alarm that no one was safe any longer in the country, just as he stressed that the continued loss of lives and property could not be a way of life, adding: “The situation has degenerated to an intolerable level and exposes everybody to danger.”
He condemned in strong terms the attack and killing of policemen and other security operatives in Nasarawa State by some cultists and submitted that “nobody, no nation, no matter how weak, would live to accept such heinous crime.”
The statement read: “An angry Senator Mark wondered what is happening to us as a people is strange and condemnable. How did we degenerate to this level where everyone became a brothers’ hater instead of being our brothers’ keeper? The situation calls for soul searching. We must re-examine ourselves. We must look inwards.”
IG moves AIG to Nasarawa
AIG Zoukumor who is in charge of Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, has his headquarters in Markudi, the Benue State capital.
According to a statement by CSP Frank Mba, Force spokesman, the highly experienced and operationally-minded officer, is to coordinate all ongoing operations relating to the incident.
The statement reads: “As part of efforts at encouraging a wider and communal participation in the investigation into the recent killing of Policemen in Nasarawa State, the Police High Command has established a dedicated telephone line for members of the public who may wish to provide vital and useful information to the Police.
“To this effect, the IGP appeals to Nigerians who may be in possession of information that could aid on-going investigation not to hesitate in providing same to the Police, promising that all such information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
“Such information can be provided via phone number 07066228200 (calls or SMS) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The IGP reminded the public that an attack on the security forces of any nation is an attack on the entire nation. He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to support the Police as they strive to tackle this and other security challenges facing the nation.
….Force welfare officer also
“Meanwhile, in a bid to ameliorate the plight of the dependants and family members of the fallen police officers, the IGP has ordered the immediate relocation of the Force Welfare Officer, DCP Abiodun Ige from Force Headquarters to Nasarawa State.
“It is to enable her effectively and speedily coordinate all welfare related issues touching on the families of the late officers, including the payment of all statutory and relevant compensations.
“The IGP appeals for patience and understanding of family and friends of the slain officers, particularly as it relates to the issue of the release of the bodies of the officers, promising that all corpses will be released as soon as preliminary enquiries are concluded.”
“While restating the commitment of the Force to uncover and bring to book the perpetrators of this crime, the IGP reassures the family members and friends of the deceased that the Force is united with them in grief and will neither forsake nor abandon them at this trying moment.”