The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has strongly condemned the recent armed bank robbery that took place in Otukpo, Benue State. The incident resulted in the tragic loss of lives, including police officers and innocent civilians, sending shockwaves through the community.
In a press release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP extended his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims who fell victim to this senseless act of violence. The statement revealed that during a pursuit, two of the suspects were gunned down by police operatives while attempting to escape. The IGP vowed to dedicate every resource and effort to swiftly apprehend and bring the perpetrators to justice.
In response to the grave incident, the Nigeria Police Force has launched a comprehensive and coordinated effort to bring the culprits 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 the robbery.
The statement emphasized that all Commands and Formations have been placed on red alert, given the early warning sign this incident provides regarding the challenges of the Ember Months, which are often characterized by increased bank robberies and related crimes.
The public has been called upon to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities by providing any information that may aid in the investigation and pursuit of the suspects. The statement underlined the importance of the public’s assistance in the mission to restore safety and security in the affected area and across Nigeria.
The IGP reiterates the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of the Nigerian people and its determination to stand united against acts of violence and criminality. The force is vowing to work tirelessly to ensure that those responsible for this reprehensible act are brought to justice.
This incident in Otukpo serves as a stark reminder of the need for continued efforts to combat crime and uphold the principles of peace, security, and justice that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies tirelessly work to maintain.