By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Disciplinary action has been taken against some policemen who acted outside the rules of engagement when armed robbers invaded Igarra police station in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State three weeks ago.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo disclosed this while parading 102 suspected criminals arrested by the Command in Benin City.
He however, did not give the names of the affected policemen, but, put the casualties figure during the simultaneous attacks on Keystone Bank and Igarra Police Station at six including three civilians and a police Inspector identified as Mr. Akhimien Otoika.
Three of the armed robbers that also participated in the attack on Keystone bank were gunned down by police operatives, according to the police boss.
A commuter (name withheld) arrested by police operatives attached to Igarra police station over incomplete vehicle particulars and Mr. Ukanah Ojo allegedly lost their lives during exchange of gunfire between police and the hoodlums.
His nagging housewife Mrs. Maimuna Ukanah was alleged to have lodged a complaint against her husband (Mr. Ukanah Ojo) over a minor disagreement between them which prompted police to arrest him before tragedy struck at Igarra police station.
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, had ordered the arrest of the police officer responsible for the arrest and detention of Mr. Ukanah Ojo when he paid a condolence visit on survivors of the twin attacks at undisclosed hospital in the State.
The CP revealed to newsmen that the preliminary investigation into the incident was being handled departmentally, adding that the police leadership under the watch of the Inspector-General of police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris will not ambush justice.
According to him, “Currently, we are on the trail of the fleeing suspects of Keystone Bank robbery. On the police station attack, the matter is being handled departmentally.
“For erring policemen, there is a departmental disciplinary process.
Out of any 12 disciples, one should expect a Judah.
“We cannot claim that every 12 disciples in the police Force are holier than thau. So, those erring policemen of course have been subjected to departmental disciplinary process.
He stated further police are yet to arrest other criminal member gang in connection with Igarra robbery aside the three robbery suspects that “had been gun down by police”.
He, however, declined comment on the level of progress made to bringthe bandits who ambushed and killed three policemen at Sabongida-Ora in Owan West Local Government Area of the State over a month ago.
“It will be counterproductive to speak on the level of progress made to bring the bandits who ambushed and killed three policemen”, he said.