I promise to punish officers who killed Nassarawa protesters – IG

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said any police personnel indicted in the shooting of protesting workers at the gate of the Nasarawa Government House, Lafia, penultimate Friday, would not escape punishment.

The IGP made the comment when he received the presidents of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, Ayuba Wabba and Bala Kaigama respectively, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

He assured the organized labour that justice will be served.

Ibrahim also warned policemen that live weapons could only be used under special circumstances and not on protesting workers.

The IGP assured the labour leaders that the police were already investigating the incident and would ensure that those indicted were treated in accordance with police regulations.

He said, “What I am assuring you is that whoever is indicted, we are going to take appropriate action according to our regulations. In fact that is the essence of the rule of law. In fact, on the day it happened, I gave a directive to the commissioner of police in the command there. I also spoke with the governor few days after. That is to tell you the level of concern that we have.

“I am just making a promise to all of you that we are going to take the necessary action against anybody involved. There is no form of police organisation that sanctions the taking of human life; no way, we don’t do that.”

The NLC President, Wabba, said that the workers were only carrying out a peaceful protest when two of them were killed.

Recall that police personnel had opened fire on workers in the state while they were protesting 50% reduction in their salaries.

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