NPF apprehends nine suspects in connection with murder of police officers in Delta State operation

In its commitment to bring crime perpetrators to book, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, said it has apprehended nine suspects in connection with the heinous murder of six police personnel during a special operation on February 26th at the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun who disclosed this on Thursday, at a management meeting of the Force said those arrested are currently providing the Force with information that will assist in the arrest of those involved in the killings.

Meanwhile, six other suspects connected with the killings are at large.

The arrests were among a total of 3,685 criminal suspects reined into the police net in the last eight weeks as stated by the IGP.

Egbetokun also said the Force rescued 401 kidnapped victims, recovered 216 various firearms, 3,601 ammunition and 82 vehicles.

“In the past eight weeks, we recorded 141 cases of terrorism/secessionist attacks, 537 cases of murder, 126 cases of armed robbery, 214 cases of kidnapping and 39 cases of unlawful possession of firearms,” the IG said.

Giving an update on the abduction and killing of six police personnel, the IGP said “the entire Police family is deeply pained by the heinous act of violence against our officers in the ordinary course of their duties. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen officers during this difficult time.

“I like to firmly reiterate that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the killers of these personnel, and many others, do not escape the long arms of the law.

“In this respect, I am pleased to note that we have made significant progress in the investigation into the tragic incident. A total of nine suspects have been apprehended and are currently assisting in unraveling the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

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“Undoubtedly, we are closing in on the key actors and other parties to the crime. Be assured that we will not rest on our oars until the murder of our colleagues are avenged with justice,” Egbetokun pledged.

He assured that the police will continue to meet its obligations to the families of the victims to minimize their pains and sufferings during this period.

The IGP equally noted that the Force has recently concluded the registration process of the NPF Insurance Company Limited with the Corporate Affairs Commission and is steadily progressing towards the operationalization of the Company,” the police boss said.

He added that the new company will aid the processing of the insurance funds directly from the National Insurance Commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The IGP also said the maiden Police Awards and Commendations Ceremony, which will honor both living and departed deserving officers who have distinguished themselves at their various duty posts, has been rescheduled to hold on 15th April, 2024.

“The process of sorting through the numerous nominations received from commands and formations has been successfully concluded. It is our expectation that the ceremony will not just serve as an avenue for recognition of the meritorious and courageous efforts of our heroes, but it is to serve as inspiration to others,” the IGP said.

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