Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has directed the immediate transfer of persons arrested in the aftermath of a military/communal clash in Lunko/Kopa villages of Bosso Local Government Area of the state, from military custody to the Police for thorough investigation.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace, said Governor Bello gave the directive, Wednesday, in Minna during a state Security Council meeting held at his office.
The UNION understands that no less than 60 persons were arrested by the military in the wake of the clash, which left 10 soldiers and seven civilians dead, last Thursday.
Several other civilians sustained injuries.
According to the statement, Governor Bello also directed that buses should be made available to convey the suspects from the military barracks to the Police headquarters in Dutsen Kura area of the state capital.
The meeting also review the preliminary report of the three-man ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the remote and immediate cause(s) of the disturbance.
The council also took far reaching decisions on the fracas and mapped out strategies to forestall future occurrence of such incident.
The governor, who condemned the incident and described it as unfortunate, called on people of the state to be security conscious and report any suspicious persons, or movements, to the appropriate security agencies.
“We will have to pay attention to what is happening in our environment. We should be more conscious, I want to assure our people that the incident will be investigated thoroughly to determine what actually happened”, he said.