He went to the troubled area to restore peace but ended up being a victim of attack.

Taraba state Commissioner of police CP David Akinremi had headed to Tudun Wada area of Jalingo following reports of unrest.

But youths in the area attacked him with stones, and he was hospitalized after being hit on the head.

According to the state Command's Public Relations Officer ASP David Misal, the commissioner was rushed to the hospital where he was treated and later discharged, while several arrests have been made following the crisis.

"Yesterday, some irate youths armed with dangerous weapons including cutlasses, axes and other objects started disturbing the peace of residents around Tudun Wada and Gadan Boboji areas of Jalingo town.

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"Our men were deployed there and normalcy returned. However, this morning we got reports that the boys had come out again in large numbers brandishing these weapons and the situation was so bad that the CP decided to go there himself with other officers. In the course of addressing the youths to calm them down, he was stoned in the head and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was treated of his injuries.

"For now, he has been discharged and is taking his rest at home.  As we speak, a serious operation is going on there to calm the situation and forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area."

Misal warned that the command would never sit back and watch people take the law into their own hands and unleash mayhem on the people.

"I can assure you that the command would make sure that normalcy is completely maintained in the area and the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book. Several arrests have been made already and thorough investigation would be carried out.

"Let me use this opportunity to call on members of the public to always report any suspicious elements to the police promptly with great assurance that their identity would be safeguarded.''

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