Begs Navy to train maritime police
Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has assured that those behind the gruesome murder of the of the traditional ruler of Bokkos, Chief Lazarus Agaie, will be fished out in record time for prosecution, stressing that it was pathetic to see the life of any Nigerian, irrespective of his or her status snuffed out by any criminal gang in whatever name.
Consequently, the IGP directed the Deputy-Inspector-General of Police in charge operations, DIG Joshack Habilla to proceed to Plateau State with immediate effect to ensure the arrest of the killers of the monarch, who was murdered on his way from a farm alongside his wife, son and Police orderly.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah quoted the police chief as saying that, “The death of the monarch, his family and orderly were particularly painful, but more painful when we take to reprisal attacks”.
DCP Awunah said the IGP advised the aggrieved to be patient with the Police in their investigation into the murder of the monarch.
“IGP Idris said the Nigeria Police will leave no stone unturned in arresting the culprits, but need the collaboration of everyone with useful information, without over heating the already tensed insecurity challenges the country is going through. He assured Nigerians that the Nigeria Police under his watch will ensure decency in the polity.
In another development, the IGP has appealed to the Nigerian navy to train Maritime Police personnel so as to keep Nigerian Waterways safe.
IGP Idris, who made the appeal when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Etteh-Ibas at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, solicited for collaboration and fraternization between both agencies.
Force PRO, DCP Awunah said in a statement yesterday that the IGP further stated the intention of the Nigeria Police Force to procure house boats that would be manned by maritime Policemen in order to effectively curb the menace of pirates and terrorist attacks in the Niger Delta, even as he emphasized the need for the Nigerian Navy to always have confidence in the Nigeria Police Force, as cases handed over would be diligently and expediently prosecuted.
The Chief of Naval Staff, in a remark, congratulated IGP Idris on his appointment and promised to sustain the usual cooperation accorded the Nigeria Police Force in the past.
He further stated that in a bid to extend a hand of fellowship to the Nigeria Police Force and effectively curb crime, the Nigerian Navy had recently trained 40 Police officers on maritime operations and also made sharing of intelligence a priority.
The navy chief also urged the Police to support the implementation of operation Delta safe.