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Police deny complicity in Zamfara killings

Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar

The authorities of the Nigeria Police have denied allegation of  complicity in the mindless killing of 105 people in Ungwar Galadinma, Zamfara State, by Fulani herdsmen and cattle rustlers on Sunday.

A delegate representing Zamfara State in the ongoing National Conference, Senator Seidu Dansadu, had alleged during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday that the killings in were a product of police conspiracy with the Fulani herdsmen.

The former Senator said that the dastardly killings were “consciously planned and executed in a market square on a market day after a meeting.”

“It is the result of the negligent and a nonchalant disposition of the state government and the traditional institution in the area and the direct complicity of the police,” he said

But the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, debunked the allegation in a telephone conversation with our correspondent that the delegate making the allegation was not abreast of the security situation and the police response to the threat to peace and security in Zamfara.

He described the statement as unfair in view of the massive deployment of resources and personnel by the Inspector General in response to the recurrent Zamfara killings.

“However, if indeed it is true that that statement was made, If you have been following our trend, you don’t need any prophet to tell you that that story is clearly not in touch with the reality of the security satiation in Zamfara State.

“If that statement is true, then it is most uncharitable, considering the kind of conflict resolution strategy that the Police has put in place

“Our response are far-reaching,  decisive  and tailored to deal with the problem in Zamfara. The IGP deployed 10 units of policemen from different states of the Federation.

“That shows our commitment. We also deployed one full unit of our counter terrorism units, these are our elite unit; we equally directed the AIG in charge of Air Wing to commence air patrol.

“There is also directive for border control; to help Special Forces to have grip of the situation in Zamfara.

“We are committed to a crime free, crisis free peaceful Nigeria where all Nigerians are free to do their business,” he said.

The delegate had accused the men of the Dansadau Police Division and the Emir of Dansadau where the killings took place of been indifferent to the plight of the people.

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