IGP Egbetokun Condemns Otukpo Armed Bank Robbery, Tragic Murders Of Police Officers, Civilians

…. As Police Confirms 2 Suspects Dead During Chase

….. Deploys Assets, Tasks CP Benue, Surrounding States to Fish Out Perpetrators;

…. Puts Commands, Formations on alert.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has strongly condemned the recent armed bank robbery in Otukpo, Benue State, which resulted in the tragic loss of lives of both Police Officers and innocent civilians.

According to a press release on Saturday signed by the Force sookesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that this act of violence is an assault on the principles of peace, security, and justice that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies work tirelessly to uphold.

He further said that the IGP extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims who were affected by this senseless act of violence. He noted that two of the suspects were gunned down by operatives while attempting to escape, adding that the assailants who orchestrated this brazen act of criminality have indeed “murdered sleep” as their actions have shaken the Otukpo community to its core, assuring the public that every resource and effort will be dedicated to ensuring that these individuals are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.

“In response to this grave incident, the Nigeria Police Force has initiated a comprehensive and coordinated effort to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. The IGP has ordered the deployment of additional operational and investigative assets and resources to Otukpo, the Benue State Command, and surrounding states to assist in the swift apprehension of the other fleeing criminals responsible for this atrocity, as a follow up to the gunning down of two of the armed robbers after a hot chase on Friday, Adejobi said.

The Force PRO further reitraited that going by this incident, the IGP has put all Commands and Formations on red alert to avert any further deadly attacks on Nigeria institutions and innocent citizens more so that the Otukpo attack was an early warning sign of the Ember Month challenges which is often characterised by bank robbery and other related crimes.

“We therefore call upon the public to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities by providing any information that may aid in the investigation and pursuit of the suspects. Your assistance is invaluable in our mission to restore safety and security in the affected area and across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

“In the wake of this tragedy, the IGP reiterates the NPF’s commitment to the safety and security of the Nigerian people, standing united against acts of violence and criminality and vowing to work tirelessly to ensure that those responsible for this reprehensible act are brought to justice.