Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar
Bayero: Police parade seven suspects, declare eight wanted
Three journalists arrested for killing of polio officials
Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja,Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri andIbrahim Shuaibu in Kanoâ€¨
Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, yesterday disclosed that 10 persons have been arrested in connection with the killings of three North Korean doctors in Potiskum.
The arrest, however, came on a day the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, directed Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the northern part of the country to beef up security around medical personnel and hospitals in the region.
While Kano State Police Command yesterday paraded seven suspects, who were arrested in connection with the attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, three journalists working with Wazobia FM in the state were also arrested for alleged incitement on the polio exercise in a Hausa programme tagged “Sandar Girma”, which was aired in the state last week.
But Rufai, who spoke with journalists during a visit to Potiskum, to get a first-hand assessment of the situation in the town, said the suspects were in custody and undergoing interrogation.
The police commissioner, who described the killings as brutal, promised that the police would stop at nothing to get the killers to face the full wrath of the law.
He also stated that his command had not limited its dragnet to those in custody as investigations into the killings were still ongoing.
Residents said the Koreans, whose bodies were found by neighbours, were employees of the state Ministry of Health and had been living in the city for one year.
Meanwhile, a grocery shop was burgled few distances from the house, where the North Korean doctors were killed on Saturday night.
A resident of the town, who spoke on telephone to THISDAY, said he was surprised that a shop which is close to the residence of the slained North Koreans could be burgled in spite of the constant patrol of the area by policemen and soldiers.
Speaking on the IG’s directive, the Police spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who spoke with THISDAY on phone last night, confirmed that security personnel had swung into action to provide security around medical practitioners and various hospitals in the Northern part of the country.
Mba, who warned anyone trying to foment trouble to have a rethink, enjoined Nigerians, especially those living in the North to continue with their legitimate duties without any fear of insecurity.
On the arrest of the attackers of the Emir of Kano, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said: “On the receipt of the distress call after the attack of the Emir of Kano convoy, operatives were mobilised, the area was condoned, the dead and injured were evacuated and mop up exercise commenced immediately.”
Idris, who disclosed that the command had also declared eight other suspects wanted over the incident, stated that: “The suicide bomber at the scene made a dying declaration. He identified himself as Idris Talba, an indigene of Borno State and residing at Shagari quarters in Kano.”
The police commissioner added that “with the subsequent cordon of the area, one Adamu Sani, who hails from Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State was intercepted and arrested at a nipping point along Sabuwar Gandu by Mobile policemen.”
According to him, the suspect voluntarily confessed to have participated in the attack on the Emir’s convoy as well as others coordinated attacks in the state.
Idris explained that among some of the attacks, according to the suspect, was the killing of some policemen at Yan Awaki quarters, Tishama, Kwanar Freedom, torching of a primary school at Gayawa and Sharada by Yahaya Gusau among others.
He disclosed that the suspect mentioned the name of members of his sect, who participated and facilitated the attack, including that of other terrorist activities and armed robbery incidents in the state.
The commissioner added further that in one of the confessions made by the suspect, Adamu Sani, he stated that he was recruited into the group by Malam Salisu Mohammed of Unguwa Uku and the Imam of Filin Kashu mosque in Kano metropolis, Malam Sharif Mohammed Ghali.
Meanwhile, Idris, while fielding questions from journalists on the arrest of the three Wazobia FM members of staff, said the three persons were arrested for inciting actions.
Idris, who said the suspects were detained because of an issue of decency and suspect of criminal decency, stressed that the charges were culpable homicide and incitement.
The arrested broadcasters are Mohammed Suleiman Gama (head of programmes), Yakubu Musa Fagge (presenter) and Mubarak Muhammad Sani (reporter).
Among those also detained by the police is the former director of the Censorship Board, Malam Abubakar Rabo, whose residence was where the immunisation officials were first denied access to vaccinate his children.
THISDAY learnt that trouble started after the station aired a programme on alleged fraud in the polio vaccination exercise a few days before the attack on vaccination workers in two local government areas, leading to the death of nine women health workers on immunisation exercise.