Angry policemen attack Gov Matawalle, block him from seeing slain colleagues’ bodies


Photo: Gov Bello Matawalle

Some aggrieved policemen vented out their anger on Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle for alleged of negligence, abandonment and poor welfare by attacking and stopping him from seeing in the mortuary the corpses of 13 of their who were slain by bandits in the state.

Eyewitness accounts said that the incident occured at Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, when the Governor paid a visit to the hospital to see the corpses of the 13 police personnel killed by the bandits at their formation in Kurar-Mota Village of Bungudu Local Government Area in the State.

“After visiting the patients, most of whom are wounded police officers who survived the attack, the Governor moved ahead to the Mortuary but was met there by hordes of aggressive officers.

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“The police officers complained that they called severally for reinforcement but no one came to their aid, despite the fact that they operated without enough ammunition,” the witness said.

It was gathered that personnel, mostly men of the Mobile Police (MOPOL) kept on hurling abusive words on the governor to the extent that one of them attempted to physically attack him but was held back by his colleagues.

They further accused the governor of neglecting their allowances for over one year, despite the fact that they left their families for a long time and no body was taking care of them, saying, “even having access to their salary is a problem as they are mostly in the bush.”

Sources said that prior to the governor’s visit to the hospital, a former governor of the state, Ahmad Sani Yarima, whom the hospital is named after, had earlier advised him not go to the mortuary.(PRNigeria)

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