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Gboko Killing: DPO Arrested


The Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Gboko A Division has been arrested over the Wednesday killing of seven persons.
Benue State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen in Makurdi on Friday that some persons had been arrested in connection with the killings.
Seven people were killed and burnt by a mob at Gboko Motor Park in Gboko Local Government Area.
Owoseni said the DPO was being questioned on whether he acted professionally upon getting a distress call on the day of the incident. “We have arrested some suspects and of course the (Nigeria) Police has its accountability process.
“At the moment we are trying to find out exactly what happened on that day, we are also looking at what the response time was taking into consideration when the distress call was made and when the response came in.
“It is on the basis of this that the Divisional Officer of A Division Gboko is being questioned. We want to know what time he got the distress call and what was his immediate action.
“We are also trying to find out from him if he responded professionally because as a police officer our allegiance and loyalty is to the constitution of this country not to any other person,” he said. Meanwhile, a reliable source at the state Police Headquarters said that the DPO had been moved to Force Headquarters, Abuja, for further questioning.
Owoseni further disclosed that the remains of those killed in the incident had been buried.

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