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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered the detention of a policeman, identified as Corporal Chukwu, who allegedly collaborated with herdsmen during the killing of residents in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Mr Arase has also directed that the policeman be detained and properly investigated.
He gave the assurance that once the allegations against him in the Enugu massacre were confirmed, he would not only leave the Police but would be prosecuted.
Mr Arase, who visited the community to commiserate with victims of the attack, said that his visit was aimed at assessing the situation and subsequently plan on how to find a permanent solution to the scourge.
He pledged the readiness of the Police to do all in its powers to ensure that those involved in the gruesome murder of the villagers were arrested and prosecuted.
He assured the villagers that the Police was on top of the situation adding that no policeman who collaborates with criminal elements to perpetrate crime would go unpunished.
“I am not happy about what has happened and that is why I have decided to come and have an on the spot assessment of the situation.
“I have been discussing with the senator from the area and others to enable us find lasting solution to the problem. I have been able to see what happened and we should be able to find solutions.
“I can assure Nigerians that nobody has the right to take the life of any other Nigerian and goes free with it. We are going to make sure that we catch them and prosecute them and we will create the enabling environment for peace. On our way here, we saw where we are trying to put a police station to increase Police visibility in this area,” he said.
The Police boss, who also visited the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, John Akor, advised the community to remain law abiding and vigilant, while commending their partnership with the Police that actually aborted the devastation of the environment.
Mr Arase was accompanied by the senator representing Enugu North senatorial zone, Chukwuka Utazi, state Commissioner of Police, Mr Nwodibo Ekechukwu and other top Police officers.
The Enugu Massacre left at least 20 people dead.
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