Buhari vows to bring perpetrators of Abuja bloody mayhem to book
By Olisemeka Obeche
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bring the full weight of the law on those responsible for the violence and tragic death of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, Commander of Operations of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command and Precious Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member with Channels Television.
The two were killed during a confrontation between the police and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), on Monday, in Abuja during a protest in major streets of the nation’s capital.
Buhari, while commiserating “most deeply” with their families, described them as law-abiding citizens doing their jobs and swore that not under his watch would people be allowed to act with such impunity.
In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President also condoled with the management and staff of the television station and police leadership over the loss, urging them to remain steadfast and committed to their professional callings.
Describing Owolabi and Umar as “law-abiding, hardworking and vibrant Nigerians with a promising future,” President Buhari called their untimely fate “sad, regrettable and worrisome.”
The statement added: “Sequel to his directive to the leadership of security and law enforcement agencies to safeguard the nation against such mindless attacks, the President reassures residents of Abuja in particular and the country in general to go about their lawful activities without fear.
“President Buhari adds that perpetrators of the mayhem will not go unpunished, stressing that no government can tolerate unceasing affront to constituted authority.
“According to the President, “Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of majority of our citizens. He prays God Almighty to grant rest to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.”