Members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North heard today in Kano that compensation has yet to be paid to the families of the 40 officers killed in a Boko Haram attack on January 20, 2012.
A total of 192 persons, including security personnel from the Department of State Security Services (DSS), Immigration and Customs, were killed.
Members of the committee, who were conducted around the State Police Headquarters, were also told that the Command’s Bomb Disposal Unit has intercepted over 6000 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), most of which were detonated. They inspected assorted explosives seized from suspected militants of the Islamic sect.
Speaking during the occasion, the chairman of the committee, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, dispelled the notion of a contradiction between the work of his committee and emergency rule in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States.
“Nigeria is not at war,” he declared, adding that even in countries where there is war, dialogue is also applied.
“No responsible government will sit down and allow a group of individuals to threaten lives and properties. The issue is that those who want to take the option of dialogue will have it; and those who want to continue to fight will continue to fight.”
The Committee also met with members of the bereaved families of the slain police officers, and the Alhaji Turaki promised that efforts would be geared towards their immediate compensation.