Saturday, 30 March 2013

Jonathan Summons Police, NSCDC over Lagos Clash


There are strong indications that the presidency has ordered the State Security Service, SSS to investigate the recent killing of two personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ikorodu area of Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

President Goodluck Jonathan obviously rattled by the incident want the SSS operatives to investigate the matter, since the government secret police could be neutral and not easily compromised in its investigations.

A dependable source at the presidential villa in Abuja disclosed on Friday that SSS have been briefed by the presidency on the issue, even as the police and NSCDC authorities are still trading words on their role in the embarrassing incident.
It could be re-called that on Wednesday this week, two personnel of the NSCDC were gunned down in a yet to be determined circumstances.
Authorities of the para-military agency fingered the police as the brain behind the killing of their corps, while returning from a night anti-vandals operations, where some suspects were arrested.

According to the corps, some of the suspected vandals arrested “made calls to their police collaborators for support as they could not overwhelm the anti-vandal team of the corps.
“Immediately the police got wind of the information they laid siege for the NSCDC officers and opened fire on the patrol vehicles killing two. “Others scampered for their lives with gunshot wounds as the vandals were released immediately by the police,” it said.
But, Ngozi Braide, the command spokesperson punctured the NSCDC angle, insisting that the police officers that arrived the scene of the operations did not kill the two corps.
However, while the accusations and counter-accusations are going on between the police and the NSCDC personnel in Lagos, President Goodluck Jonathan wadded into the matter late Thursday and summoned top police officers and the civil defense authorities to the villa for briefing.

But, our reporter further learnt that with the presidency ordering the SSS to step into the matter, it is most likely that any of the security agency indicted may be sanctioned, which may affect some of the senior officers.

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