The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has condemned what it regards as the callous attack on a United States Consulate convoy on Tuesday.
The Police Chief’s condemnation of the attack was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
During the attack which took place at Amiyi/Eke Ochuche communities in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the State, 7 persons were killed and burnt beyond recognition, while two others, who were visiting the area to assess its proneness to erosions as part of their humanitarian efforts, were feared abducted. Among those killed included US Embassy local staff and Police Mobile Force Officers, whose vehicles were set ablaze.
The IGP, while expressing astonishment at the attack, described it as a clear indication of the attackers’ and/or non-state actors’ callousness and an act of wickedness to humanity, especially to their kinsmen who have been considered to enjoy aids and palliatives from the attacked diplomats.
The Police Chief has ordered an immediate full-scale investigation into the attacks and has charged the investigative team to ensure the culprits and their sponsors are arrested and brought to book within the shortest possible time.
He further sent a strong warning to all non-state actors to cease their nefarious actions as the Nigeria Police Force, in synergy with other security agencies, will not hesitate to clamp down on them and their sponsors to rid the nation of their unpatriotic and disruptive activities.
In the same vein, IGP Baba has commiserated with the US Consulate on the brazen murder and abduction of her local staff, and the families of the officers who paid the supreme price. He assured that all hands are on deck to ensure the rescue of those abducted.
While expressing the openness of the NPF to working with all foreign presence in the country to ensure the security of their assets and personnel, the IGP has reiterated the commitment of the Force to the safety and security of all within the country, visitors and diplomats alike.