The Police High Command has condemned today’s “unprovoked and brutal” killing of scores of policemen who were on legitimate assignment in Nasarawa State.  

According to the police command in that state, 23 officers were killed and 17 declared missing, when they went to Elakyo, near Lafia, the State capital, to arrest some Ombatse leaders following reports they were embarking on forced religious conversions.

“This disturbing, condemnable and highly distressing incident, coming closely after similar ones in Bayelsa and Borno States, have thrown up new and emerging threat in the part of policing our country,” Police spokesman Frank E. Mba said in a statement, adding that the attack is not just on the Nigeria police, but an attack on the collective will of Nigerians to protect and preserve our dear fatherland.

“Consequently, the IGP has directed all its field commanders and Special Units including Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police to harness all it resources available within their domain in ensuring that this reign of terror and lawlessness is brought to an end.”

He affirmed that the police, working in conjunction with all positive minded Nigerians, will do everything within it powers to fish out and bring to book all those involved in this and other similar killing of law enforcement agents.

“We must put an end to this endless circle of impunity,” the statement said.

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