The Nigeria Police Force has commenced a special investigation into the killing its personnel who were attacked by gunmen while on duty in Abuja.
Force Public Relations Officers, Mr Jimoh Moshood, revealed this in a statement on Thursday, three days after seven police officers were shot dead by the assailants in the Galadimawa area of the nation’s capital.
He said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, had on Tuesday set-up a team of specialised crack team comprising of investigation detectives, police scene of crime experts and technical intelligence unit of the Force to investigate the killing.
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The team, which had already commenced an investigation, was directed by the IGP to complete the assignment within 21 days.
The police vowed to arrest and bring the culprits to justice on time and urged members of the public in the Federal Capital Territory to cooperate with the investigation team.
“Any member of the public with useful information about the killing will be appreciated and can use the following numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938 and 07057337653, to reach the investigation team,” the statement read.
Despite the attack, the police vowed not to relent in their renewed commitment to crime prevention and control, as well as the adequate protection of lives and property throughout the country.
The investigation team is headed by a Commissioner of Police, Mr Bala Ciroma, who would be assisted by other senior police officers.
They are the Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of the IGP Special Tactical Squad, Department of Operations FCT Police Command, Police Forensic Department, and that of Police Central Criminal Registry.
Others are Assistant Commissioners of Police, 2I/C IGP Intelligence Response Team and Federal SARS, as well as Chief Superintendent of Police, IGPSEC.
The IGP order the team to thoroughly and discreetly investigate the attack, as well as arrest and prosecute those responsible for the killings.
It was also asked to detect the motives behind the ambush and work with the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory while carrying out the assignment.
The team was directed to take over further investigation into the killings from the FCT CIID and take other instructions from the IGP, in ensuring the perpetrators were promptly brought to justice.
It would also obtain evidence and receive complaints and useful information from the public that can assist them in their investigation, as well as proffer strategies and recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence of such attack.