The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of Police in-charge of operations, Joshack Habilla, to proceed to Plateau State with immediate effect, to ensure the arrest of the killers of Chief Lazarus Agaie, a traditional ruler of Bokkos, who was murdered on his way from a farm alongside his wife, son and Police orderly on Monday.
A statement by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, Don N. Awunah, quoted the IGP to have said, those behind the gruesome murder of the monarch will be fished out in record time for prosecution; saying, ‘this is why the Deputy Inspector-General of Police is sent to Plateau State.’ He further said 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.
According to the statement, Idris noted that, “the death of the monarch, his family and orderly were particularly painful, but more painful when we take to reprisal attacks.”
He, therefore, advised the aggrieved to be patient with the Police in their investigation into the murder. He said, “the Nigeria Police will leave no stone unturned in arresting the culprits, but needs the collaboration of everyone with useful information, without over-heating the already tensed insecurity challenges the country is going through.”
Meanwhile, Plateau state governor, Barr. Simon Lalong, has imposed a 24 hours curfew in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state, following a violent protest in the early hours of Thursday by youths in the area, which led to the killing of three persons and several others injured, as reported by cable news.