Lagos, Nigeria - The Nigeria Police have vowed to fish out and bring to justice the killers of the Commissioner of Police for the country's central Kwara state, Mr, Chinwike Asadu.
“It is the belief of the IGP (Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar) that those who murdered CP Asadu have murdered sleep and they will find no rest. They will find no comfort and they will find no hiding place until they are fished out and brought to justice,” a police statement said.
The statement described the killing of the police boss, who was due to retire soon, as most unfortunate and heart-rendering'
Gunmen shot and killed Mr. Asadu during a visit to his hometown of Enugu in the country's South-east over the weekend. The attackers also shot his orderly and driver, who are now receiving treatment at the hospital.
The motive for the killing has yet to be established, but violent crimes, including armed robbery and kidnapping, are on the rise in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's main opposition party Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said the killing of the top security chief reinforces the belief that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state.
In a statement issued in the commercial city of Lagos, and obtained by PANA, the party said it was imperative to catch the perpetrators and bring the full weight of the law to bear on them 'because nothing portrays a nation as a failed state more than when security agents, on whose shoulders lie the responsibility of protecting lives and property, become easy targets for criminals'.
'Because of their onerous tasks, the police personnel and other security agents deserve a reinforced level of security. They need to be alive and well before they can protect the lives and property of others. That is why one of the indices of a failed state is anarchy, which starts when security agents themselves are targetted for attacks by criminals and criminal elements overwhelm state security apparatus
'Attacks on police and military formations; killing of security agents, out-of-control armed robbery and pervasive kidnapping, just to mention a few of the security challenges facing our nation, are pointers to the fact that our country is fast becoming a failed state, irrespective of what government apologists may say or the spin they may put on things,' it said.