Police launch manhunt for Plateau monarch’s killers

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  • IGP orders DIG Operations to relocate to state

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered a manhunt for the killers of the traditional ruler of Bokkos, Plateau State, Chief Lazarus Agaie, who was murdered on his way from his farm by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday.
Agaie, a first class traditional ruler, was killed along with his wife, son and police orderly by the assailants in his farm located in his home village, Sha.
But the IGP, in his efforts to apprehend Agaie’s killers, on Thursday, directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, Joshack Habilla, to immediately relocate to Plateau State to coordinate the search for the assailants.
Idris also ordered the DIG Operations to ensure the arrest of the killers of the monarch, who was murdered along with members of his family and his police orderly.
The IGP further assured that the suspected perpetrators of the killing of the traditional ruler and the others, would be “fished out in record time” and prosecuted for the crime.
He said, “This is why the Deputy Inspector- General of Police is sent to Plateau State. It is pathetic to see the life of any Nigerian, irrespective of his or her status snuffed out by any criminal gang under whatever name.”
The police boss described the gruesome murder of the monarch, his family members and aides as “particularly painful.’
He, however, appealed to the youths in the area to exercise patience as they mourn the demise of the monarch rather than resorting to violence and taking the laws in their hands.
IGP Idris enjoined the youths of Bokkos not to embark on reprisal attack against anyone or group of persons over the incident.
He therefore advised those aggrieved over the murder of the monarch, his family members and aides to be patient with the police in their investigation into the incident.
Idris assured that, “The Nigeria Police will leave no stone unturned in arresting the culprits, but we need the collaboration of everyone with useful information, without over heating the already tense insecurity challenges the country is going through.”
The IGP also vowed that the police, under his watch, would ensure decency in the polity.