No member of the 61 Mobile Police Force Squadron 38, in Akwanga Nasarawa State, dispatched to dislodge the Ombatse militia group, survived the raid, The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday.
This came as the police search and rescue team deployed in Alakyo forest in the state recovered the corpse of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Momoh, who led the operation.
The team recovered Momoh’s mutilated corpse alongside those of many slain security operatives.
The police and the State Security Service had put the number of their dead or missing officials involved in the last week attack at 56. They comprised 46 police officers and 10 SSS operatives.
However, a source confirmed that no member of the PMF 38 Squadron known as ‘Tiger Squadron’ mobilised for the operation survived the militia’s attack.
“Apart from the 61 MOPOL officers that were deployed from Akwanga, we have yet to see many others mobilised from the MOPOL base in Lafia, including the men of the State CID. So the claim that only 56 policemen died cannot be true,” an officer confided in our correspondent.