Last Thursday’s #BringBackOurGirls protest in Lafia, Nasarawa State
where female police officers and the rank and file joined in the
chants to save the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Borno State,
has landed six senior police officers in detention at the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) in Lafia.
The command summoned and interrogated the six officers alongside this
reporter because of the reported participation female cops in last
Thursday’s #BringBackOurGirls protest in Lafia.
The officers were first interrogated at the state police command
headquarters along Makurdi Road, and then moved to the state CID along
Jos road, all lasting between past 12pm and 6pm when they were finally
detained, Daily Trust learnt.
They were paraded in the open at the state CID, before newsmen, and
asked to say what they know of their role during the #SaveOurGirls
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of CID, who handled the
final aspect of the interrogation was in constant phone communication
with the commissioner of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and reported back
to this reporter that he had orders to “lock” this reporter because he
declined to point at the paraded officers and name the cop that spoke
in an earlier report about the Thursday protest.
This reporter saw the women being dragged into a room, and minutes
later, their berets, belts, bangles, shoes and other personal effects
including phones were seen leaving the room.
This reporter was held up in detention far off from the detention room
of the women, and could not follow up for details.
When called for confirmation, the state Police Public Relations
Officer (PPRP) Mr. Namu Umaru Ismaila said he was not informed enough
to confirm the detention of the six female officers.
“I am not aware. I am not sure,” Mr. Ismaila said.