Former Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Abubakar Tsav, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of playing politics with the lives of innocent Nigerians hence his refusal to hold a nationwide broadcast on the killing of over 100 security operatives in Nasarawa State.
“We agree that revenge attack on Ombatse cult community by the police will negate the statutory role of the police in the protection of lives and property. However, in a situation where a whole detachment of police officers is killed in one swoop, we expected President Jonathan to make a broadcast to the nation on the situation and to order immediate deployment of the military to go after the suspects and their sponsors, just as was done in Udi and Zaki Biam, but with human face,” Tsav said.
He wondered if the President’s silence is because the killing took place in a Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) controlled state.
“Could it be that the president is dragging his feet because the killings took place in a state controlled by the opposition-CPC? Did the president not take oath to defend the entire country as his constituency? Is Nassarawa State not part of Nigeria? Must the president fold his arms and allow Ombatse continue to kill and maim law enforcement agents? The president has to act; the murderers of policemen and their sponsors must be arrested and brought to justice. Those still being held captive must also be freed and above all the senseless flow of blood must stop for peace to reign,” Tsav said.