The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) is calling on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the force authorities open investigation over the alleged killing of Seven Policemen attached to the Bayelsa State Command by some unidentified Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives in Ughelli, Delta State last week.
A statement signed by Bayelsa State Chairman of CLO Nengi James-Eriworio. said the silence and seeming lack of investigation is fueling a conspiracy theory that there is more to the story.
The CLO described the situation as a “sad development to the deceased’s families and Bayelsa State where they hailed from, saying “IGP silence and the two police commissioners in Delta and Bayelsa is unacceptable and unsettling
“We are still wondering how the seven policemen were killed without the unidentified Federal SARS team recording any casualty. We are suspicious of the incident. It is difficult to accept that they were killed, and their rifles left with them. We doubt the circumstances surrounding the killing of these seven policemen.”
The group said whether the policemen were shot dead rightfully or wrongly, their deaths must be investigated.
“The CLO is yet to be convinced that something is not fishy. The silence is an attempt to cook up a story to tell their families. We are not saying we know what happened. But what we are saying is that, these slain policemen have rights (to fair hearing) until found guilty. The incident is questionable.”
The CLO also likened the killings to the scenario that played out when the alleged kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (popularly known as Wadume), was rescued by some military personnel who slaughtered officers of the IGP special team that were detailed from Abuja to arrest him in Taraba State