Indications emerged on Wednesday that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has opposed request by the Bayelsa State Police Command to conduct a mass burial for the 12 policemen killed by gunmen in the state two weeks ago.
It was learnt that some senior police officers in the command had recommended giving the slain policemen a mass burial since their remains were burnt beyond recognition.
But Abubakar was said to have opposed the idea insisting that a medical examination must be conducted on the mutilated bodies to ascertain their identities.
A senior police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that the IG had already sent a team of qualified pathologists headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, to conduct the examination.
“The IG has ordered medical investigations to know the identities of persons killed by the gunmen. The IG is against burying them in a mass grave despite the fact that their bodies were burnt beyond recognition,” the source said.