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IGP exonerates FG of involvement in Kaduna bombings

The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba has cleared the Federal Government of involvement in recent bombings in Kaduna State, that targeted Islamic…

Ag.IGP SULEIMAN ABBA, NPM, mniThe acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba has cleared the Federal Government of involvement in recent bombings in Kaduna State, that targeted Islamic cleric, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi and former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari.


The acting IGP spoke today at the onset of his maiden meeting with all Assistant Inspector General’s Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.


IGP Abba said findings from a high powered delegation of police officers sent to Kaduna by his predecessor found that the Federal Government had no hand in the bombings that targeted the two popular Nigerian.


According to him: “They went to Kaduna, conducted a very diligent investigation,  a team that was made up not only of general duty detectives, but also forensic experts, visited the scene, visited some of the victims in the hospital and even those in the mortuary.”


“They conducted interviews with victims and witnesses, including the highly respected General Muhammadu Buhari, those that were with him when the incident happened and did a lot of other things that maybe we need not mention all of them here,” he added.


IGP Abba declared that: “so far the findings do not indicate that the Federal Government is involved in either of the two incidents.”


He noted that the military had in their custody one suspect who was arrested at the scene of the second bombing, adding that the said suspect was previously arrested twice by police at a station close to the incident.


The IGP said he decided to gather all senior police officers in Abuja to enable them have: “an eye ball to eye ball, heart to heat discussion and we won’t discuss anything other than the problems before us.”


“We can’t pretend, we cannot look aside, there are problems, when I say problems I mean insecurity, problems of the safety of the people in this country and in particular in some parts of the country, Vis a Vis our responsibilities as police officers,” he said.


He emphasized that: “what can we do to improve what we have met? All my predecessors have tried their very best, but that does not mean that we should say that there are no issues needing urgent solutions.”


IGP Abba said the days of division within the Police is over, promising that intelligence lead policing will be given more priority and attitudinal change to proper work ethics will be instilled in all officers and men of the Force.


Also speaking on the preparedness of the Police to provide security for the upcoming Osun state gubernatorial elections, IGP Suleiman Abba said officers on election duty have been immediately deployed well ahead of time.


He said: “It was an open secret that there was recruitment of thugs, there were people being armed, allegations anyway, so with that I felt telling officers to report three days before election commenced was not proper, so I changed it and said everybody should report by last Saturday.”

“We will be there to make sure that the integrity of the whole election ismaintained and that’s what we will do,” he promised.

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