Police search and rescue team deployed in Alakyo forest in Nasarawa state recovered the corpse of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Momoh, who led the operation to dislodge the Ombatse militia group, as it was discovered that no member of the 61 Mobile Police Force Squadron 38, known as ‘Tiger Squadron’ in Akwanga survived the raid.
Momoh’s corpse was recovered alongside those of many slain security operatives.
The police and the State Security Service had put the number of their dead or missing officials involved in the last week attack at 56, including 46 police officers and 10 SSS operatives.
“Apart from the 61 MOPOL officers that were deployed from Akwanga, we have yet to see many others mobilised from the MOPOL base in Lafia, including the men of the State CID. So the claim that only 56 policemen died cannot be true,” an officer told Punch.
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, was reported to have summoned the officer in charge of the base to the Force Headquarters.
The Force Headquarters have also begun an investigation into allegation that the Nasarawa State Government paid a huge amount of money to the state Police Command to influence the massive deployment of its officers for the ill-fated operation against the militia group.
Sources say the 2015 gubernatorial race in the state informed the operation against the militia group.