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Nasarawa killings: FG warns police against revenge •As Jonathan summons service chiefs

Police Affairs Minister Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade gave the warning in Abuja yesterday while rising from the emergency security meeting held by President Goodluck Jonathan…

Police Affairs Minister Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade gave the warning in Abuja yesterday while rising from the emergency security meeting held by President Goodluck Jonathan and the service chiefs.
The meeting, which started at 3.00pm and ended at 4.15pm, was attended by
Olubolade himself, the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki; Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim; Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba;   Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Badeh;   Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar;   Director General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpenyong; while the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Geneneral Azubuike Ihejirika was represented by his Chief of Policy and Plans, Major General Emmanuel Bassey,.
Although the security chiefs after the meeting refused to talk to journalists, the IG, wearing a black arm band as a sign of mourning, merely described the killing of his men as very sad, saying “we’re working on it”.
Earlier while briefing State House correspondents about the meeting, the Police Affairs Minister described it as an emergency security meeting conveyed at the instance of the President.
He said Jonathan summoned the security agencies to see how to tame the rising insecurity in the country.
On the fears that the police might avenge the killings of their colleagues in Nasarawa, the minister said doing so would not   douse the tension, but cause lack of confidence in the system.
According to him, “the security agencies, particularly the police, will not want to revenge. It’s not going to help us, because they are supposed to protect lives and property. Revenge will not douse tension and it’ll bring about lack of confidence in the system. So, we strictly discourage that. “
The minister, who said he could not confirm that the slain security officers first killed nine leaders of the cult group, added that if nothing had gone wrong, the officers would not just do so, if at all they did.
“The police won’t just wake up and pick their (cultists’) leaders, if nothing has gone wrong. The populace must know that anybody can be brought in by the police for interrogation depending on the intelligence the police get and that is what happens elsewhere,” he said.
On the state of emergency being called for in some northern states, he said though those calling for it have the right to do so, the president would take a decision on it in the end.
Olubolade described as misleading and unreliable, the position of the US that the current security challenges could destabilize Nigeria. 

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