Police/NSCDC clash: Jonathan meets with security chiefs.

Ben Agande, Abuja.
President Goodluck Jonathan Thursady met separately with leaders of the Nigeria Police force and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp over alleged killing of NSCDC by police in Lagos that led to the death of two NSDC officers.

The President had earlier met with the leadership of the NSCDC on Wednesday evening.

The police delegation was led to the meeting by the DIG ‘A’, Suleiman Fakai because the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, is out of the country.

The delegation also included the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko; Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Anti-Vandalism, Friday Ibadin; and the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank

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The police spokesman Frank Mba who spoke with State House correspondents confirmed that the clash between the NPF and NSCDC formed part of the issues discussed at the meeting with the President.

According to him, the meeting afforded the police an opportunity to give the President “the police perspective of the report” to the clash.

“The meeting is just one of those routine visits where the police leadership come around to brief the President on co-operational related issues. Basically that is why we are here this morning.

“Of course, that (the clash between policemen and officials of the NSCDC) is one of those issues we discussed and we also have to come in here to give the President a police perspective on that report and that is exactly what the leadership of the police has done. Giving the President a comprehensive report of what actually transpired, from police perspective and actually presenting the facts as they were.”

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When asked whether it is true that policemen killed officials of the NSCDC during the clash, he insisted that the President had been properly briefed and that the facts would become public later.

“For now, we have briefed the President and I think it will suffice for me to stop. The President has been properly briefed on this matter and I think with time you will get to see, and you will get to hear the exact fact of the case,” he concluded.


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