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IGP issues order to commissioners over murder of cleric

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Police Inspector General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday ordered police commissioners across the country to pay special attention to clergy and increase security in worship centers throughout the country.

The Nigeria newspaper report that The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, announced the decision in a statement in Abuja, saying the directive followed the assassination of Rev. Fr. David Tanko by strangers in the early hours of Thursday.

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Mba said the priest was murdered in the most inhuman and barbaric way in the village of Kpankufu along Wukari Road in Taraba on his way to the town of Kofai Amadu.

He said the IGP had given marching orders to the police commissioner in charge of the Taraba Command to catch the murderers.

Mba said the IGP also ordered the deputy inspector general of the police in charge of the Department of Criminal Investigation of the Force to provide additional forensic and investigative assets to the Police Command in Taraba to assist in investigations into the incident.

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Mba added that the IGP had felt sympathy with the Catholic family in Nigeria for the unfortunate incident and urged people to be calm.

However, he requested maximum support for the police in the attempt to unravel the perpetrators of the crime, their motives and circumstances surrounding the murder.