Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Thursday?commiserated?with the families of?policemen killed by a militia in the state on Tuesday May 7.

Addressing newsmen in Lafia?shortly after an emergency Security Council meeting, Al-Makura described the murder?of the officers as?“disheartening and disturbing?.

He assured the families of the slain policemen and the people of the state that his administration would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime were brought to justice.

The governor also condoled with President Goodluck Jonathan?and the Nigerian security high command over the death of the security personnel “who were on a legitimate assignment toward ensuring the safety of lives and property of Nigerians?.

Al-Makura said the state government had reviewed the security challenges and taken far reaching decisions on the way forward.

“I would like to assure every citizen of the state that government is in control of the situation. The security of lives and property is the paramount preoccupation of this administration and we would not renege on that,? he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abayomi Akeremale,?has said that the deployment of a large troop for the operation was based on security report that there was a large cache of arms and ammunition in?the hands of the militia.

He said that “unfortunately, the information about the operation was leaked to the militia, which resulted in the number of casualties recorded.?

Akeremale said the police had been aware of the activities of the group as a cultural association and added that the Constitution of Nigeria allows freedom of association.

He, however, said ?that it became a concern to the police when security reports and distress calls were received over the activities of the group.

He said some reports alleged that the group forced innocent Nigerians into taking concoction for initiation into its fold.

On his part, the Assistant Inspector-General, Zone 4, Mr Michael Zuokumor, said there was no justification for the killing of the law enforcement agents under any guise.

He described the killings as barbaric and condemnable.

The emergency security meeting was also?attended by?the Deputy Governor of the state, Dameshi Luka,?and the state Director of State Security Securities, Musa Halilu, among other security chiefs.

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