The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has described as ‘sickening’ alleged reports that about 800 corpses were found following the crisis in Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna.
Ibrahim said: “I visited all the villages and what I saw was marvelous. I found policemen in the hinterlands and they were at alert.
“I have to note that in this country, as leaders in any capacity, we have to have the love of this country at heart because when I was going to get firsthand information, I went by road and I saw people in festive mood contrary to what was reported in the media.
“Some alleged that they saw about 800 corpses and I must say that the report is sickening and when someone from outside reads such report, they will think something is wrong with this country.
“Some of us are yet to imbibe the principles of leadership and I think that is what is lacking in this country.
“We need to love this country more in 2017 as individuals and there is need for our leaders to love this country more than they love themselves.
Continuing the IGP said, “How can somebody say he saw 800 corpses in Kaduna? Even in Rwanda where there was genocide, I don’t think the figure was that high.
“It is important for us to remember that this country belongs to all of us irrespective of our status.
“People should take leadership as a responsibility and I have always said it that what the Americans don’t lack is patriotism and we as Nigerians should also learn to love ourselves”.
The IGP also disclosed that the Police have arrested five suspects in connection with the kidnap of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse.
Bagudu who later regained freedom was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna on the 20th of November, 2016 at the residence of Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.
The IGP said, “We have arrested five suspects that kidnapped the former minister of Foreign Affairs, Bagudu Hirse.
“They are now in our custody and in two or three days’ time they will be paraded and unfortunately but as usual, a woman is among them.
Commending his officers and men for the success recorded since he assumed office.
“I want to thank all the policemen in this country, the Rank and File and other Units because anywhere I go, they are the actual policemen people get see, they interact with members of the public and without them, we are nothing”, he said.”