By Olakunle Olafioye
THE Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has called for calm following the extra-judicial murder of one Bridget Abahime, who was reportedly killed by a mob in Kano over alleged blasphemy.
The IGP also assured the family of the deceased and indeed the general public that justice would be done in the case. Arase in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, equally confirmed that the Kano State Police Command has arrested two key suspects in connection with the incident.
Those arrested, according to the statement include Dauda Ahmed and Subeiru Abubakar.
The statement read further: “In order to ensure a diligent and professional investigation, the Inspector General of Police has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in- charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) to deploy the Homicide Section of the department to immediately take over the investigation of the case and ensure a meticulous investigation and speedy prosecution of the arrested suspects.
“The Inspector General of Police has also directed the Commissioner of Police of Kano State to sustain the community engagement actions which he is currently initiating with all strategic security stakeholders and community leaders in the state with a view to dousing the tension being generated by the condemnable incident. In addition, detachments of mobile and conventional police as well as the intelligence assets of the Force have been deployed to protect law abiding citizens, reassure the public, prevent the incident from degenerating into a major security threat and aid the Homicide Section being deployed in the location and apprehension of other suspects who are currently at large.”
While condoling family and friends of the deceased, the Police chief condemned in strongest terms the violation of right to life of citizens under any guise and stressed the Force’s resolve to uphold its mandate touching on criminal justice delivery in the most firm and speedy fashion in similar case and in other cases of this nature.
“While the members of the public will be updated on progress of investigation into this case, they are advised to go about their normal activities and resist any temptation to capitalize on the incident to threaten national security as any such attempt will be firmly dealt with. The Inspector General also calls on Kano State residents and indeed, all citizens to imbibe the culture of tolerance, rule of law and peaceful co-existence and to trust and cooperate with the police as we strive to ensure justice in this case,” the statement read.