… As Police nab 5 suspects over attacks on Sokoto residences of commissioner, traditional ruler***
Families of 15 police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty have been paid insurance claims of N22.7 million in Lafia, police said on Thursday.
Cheques for the monies were presented to the families by the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Mr Adesina Soyemi.
Police spokesman in the state, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said in a statement that the Group Life Assurance scheme of the police service aimed at boosting the morale of officers.
He stated that the boosting of morale would spur police personnel to do more in protecting the citizenry and also to reclaim the public space from criminals.
He stated also that while presenting the cheques, the police commissioner thanked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba-Alkali, for sustaining the insurance scheme.
He added that Mr Soyemi urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the monies to ameliorate the needs of the deceased’s dependants.
Nansel stated also that the families promised to make judicious use of the monies.
In the meantime, police in Sokoto have arrested five suspects in connection with Monday’s attacks on the residences of a commissioner and a traditional ruler, its spokesman, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, said on Thursday.
The attacks took place at the residences of the Commissioner for Security and Career Matters, retired Col. Garba Moyi and that of Isa District Head, Alhaji Nasiru Ahmad, both in Isa Local Government Area of the state.
The newsmen report that the attacks took place when community members summoned a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss security challenges.
The attacks followed recurring banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the area.
A resident who was at the meeting, but pleaded anonymity told newsmen that the commissioner and the traditional
ruler were absent, though they were supposed to direct proceedings at the meeting.
The resident also said that there were unconfirmed reports that the commissioner had told the state governor that the area was enjoying relative peace.
“The gathering was hijacked by some miscreants who went to the residence of the commissioner and set it on fire,’’ the resident said.
According to him, the mob also went to the palace of the District Head (Sarkin Gobir Isa) and vandalised some of his vehicles.
“Those in the mob alleged that the duo had not taken any visible action to address lingering security challenges in the area,’’ he added.
When contacted, Moyi told newsmen that political opponents and detractors were behind the razing of his house.
He said the mob overpowered the security men in the house and burnt it down.
The commissioner added that: “while no life was lost, on-going police investigations would unravel all that happened.’’
ASP Abubakar, told newsmen on Thursday in Sokoto that normalcy had been restored in the area after the attack.
He said the suspects would be arraigned after thorough investigations.
Newsmen report that Isa and Sabon Birni Local Government Areas in the eastern part of Sokoto State have been facing security challenges in recent times.