A combined team of security operatives on Tuesday recovered the bodies of ten of the slain policemen along the creek of Azuzuama in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state contrary to a media reports that perpetrators of dastardly act went away with their bodies.
The development is a pointer to the fact that, contrary to MEND’s claim, the bodies were neither taken away nor the attack carried out by its men.
The recent development has put paid to the fact that, the attack was carried out by a group of disgruntled ex-militants, who have issues to settle among themselves, but have clearly over stepped their bounds by their action.
Confirming the report, the State Commissioner of Police, Kingsley Omire said it took the combined efforts of men of the Joint Security Task Force to ensure the recovery of their corpse.
The affected security gunmen were attacked on their way to Azuzuama last Friday. Four of them, according to the security reports were rescued alive.
The State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, who stated that the killings were unacceptable, noted that there was no iota of truth in the claim that MEND was responsible for the attack,an official said in a press release.
It will be recalled that, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Omire while briefing newsmen stated that the attack was orchestrated by disgruntled ex-militants. Restating his administration’s stance on zero tolerance for crime and any form of criminality, the governor assured the bereaved families and the entire people of the state that the security operatives are closing in, on the perpetrators.
The Bayelsa State Government also reassured families of the 12 Policemen killed in the attack that their deaths will not go in vain as Government is determined more than ever before to bring the perpetrators to book.
The statement warned that, the recently appointed State Special Prosecutor and the Special Team is purely geared towards fast tracking the manner and way criminal cases are investigated and prosecuted as well as ensure that culprits receive the right sentences and serve the punishments.
It emphasized that it was unacceptable for persons, who have committed very grievous crimes to only work the streets as free men, because of lack of adequate investigation and prosecution of such criminals, who after a while return to their bad ways and threaten the peace and well being of law abiding citizens of the State.
The statement noted that, henceforth anybody arrested of any offence, especially those that are criminally related are not only going to be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, but those that are found guilty made to face the full penalties of the law.