13 August 2012

Nigeria: 16 Arrested Over Kogi Church Attack

Photo: Julius Mwelu/IRIN
Armed with an AK47 rifle, a policeman keeps watch over suspects.

Lokoja — The Kogi State police command says it has so far arrested 16 suspects in connection with last week's attack on the Deeper Life Church and killing of two soldiers in Kogi State.

The command's public relations officer, Simon Ile, confirmed the arrest, saying a former chairman of Okene local government area was among those arrested and that those arrested are being interrogated to ascertain their level of involvement.

Ile debunked claims that the suspects were being tortured as being speculated, saying however that those found innocent would be left off the hook as soon as investigations are completed.

The PPRO said "I am not aware that any of the suspects is being manhandled or tortured but we are only keeping them to enable us to conclude investigation and those who have no hand in the incidents would be released".

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