Kogi State Police Command and Military authorities in the state have denied allegations that their men brutalised suspects in the killing of 20 Deeper Life Bible Church members and two of the soldiers deployed to the area.
State Police Command’s spokesperson, Mr. Simon Ile, confirmed the arrest of 16 more suspects in connection with the killings, among them two former chairmen of Okene Local Government Area. He said the police and military were only screening the suspects to ascertain their level of involvement in the killings.
He said none of the suspects was manhandled as speculated, adding that those who were not involved in the crisis would be released as soon as investigations were concluded.
Ile said: “I am not aware that any of the suspects was manhandled or tortured. We are only keeping them to enable us conclude investigation and those who have no hand in the incidents would be released.”
Also, the Commander Army Record, Lokoja, Major-General Alphonsus Chukwu, who denied the allegation in a telephone chat, promised to visit the area today to ascertain the true position of things.
He said: “I will be at Okene tomorrow (today) to confirm some of these allegations. But the commanders on ground assured me that there was nothing like that.”