- How Soldiers Killed 3 Policemen, 2 Civilians After Arresting Billionaire Kidnapper, Wadume In Taraba, Defence Hqters
How Soldiers Killed 3 Policemen, 2 Civilians After Arresting Billionaire Kidnapper, Wadume In Taraba, Defence Hqters
SouthEaastPost Oct 8, 2019 9 Views
Abuja -----------.Wadume Panel Report: Capt Tijani Ordered troops to open fire on Bus conveying IRT Officers because of alarm claiming Wadume was kidnapped.
**Wants Army Captain, Police DCO, Soldiers, further investigated for complicity.
The panel of inquiry set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Abayomi Olonisakin, to investigate the killing of three police detectives and two civilians who arrested a billionaire kidnapper in Taraba State by soldiers has submitted its report.
An Army whose name was given as Tijani Balarabe allegedly ordered the killing of the three detectives, attached to the Office of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, in Abuja, claiming that there was an alarm that Hamisu Wadume, the kidnapper himself, had been abducted.
The CDS set up the on the panel following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, asking for a detailed investigation on the killing of policemen.
After, the killing of the police IRT operatives by soldiers in Taraba State, the soldiers reportedly released the kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, until the police authorities openly complained of the cold blooded murder of their colleagues by military men.
The altercation which erupted between the Army and the Police forced the Presidency to order both a cease fire and the investigations into the scandal.
However, reports emerging from the report hinted the Army Captain, Tijani Balarabe who orders the shooting of the bus conveying the the suspected kidnapper, did so because there was an alarm stating the Kidnappers had abducted Alhaji Hamish Bala Wadume in a white Hummer bus.
The panel also recommended the need for the said Army Captain, some soldiers of 93 battalion, the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, Wukari Police Station and some policemen to be further investigated over alleged complicity in the murder of the late police officers.
A statement entitled, "Report of Board of Inquiry, BOI, to Investigate the Circumstances Surrounding the Killing of Three Nigeria Police Personnel and Two Civilians by Troops of Nigerian Army in Taraba State' signed by the Acting Director, Defence Information, DDI, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, on the issue read, "Following the directive of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari for an immediate investigation into the unfortunate incident that led to the killing of three Nigerian Police Force, NPF, personnel and two civilians by troops of the Nigerian Army along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State, the CDS, General A.G Olonisakin constituted a BOI to investigate the incident.
"The seven member BOI led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Taiwo Olaiya as chairman, comprised one representative each from the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services.
"You will recall that on August 6, 2019, reports of the sad killing of three police men and two civilians in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State by troops of the Nigerian Army broke out.
"This gave rise to serious concern by the Federal Government, the military and police high command.
"The incident started from Ibi town, following an alarm alleging the kidnap of one Alhaji Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume) by some individuals in a Hummer bus. Captain Tijani Balarabe informed all military checkpoints along Ibi-Wukari Road, who sprang into action.
"The alleged Hummer bus mentioned in the distress call however conveyed police personnel of the IGP-IRT who were on a legitimate duty in Taraba State.
"Also, military checkpoints in the area were deployed by troops of Headquarters 93 Battalion, Takum, who were equally on legitimate duty to checkmate communal clashes, kidnapping and armed robbery, which were prevalent threats in Wukari Ibi area.
"After a thorough and painstaking investigation into the incident, the BOI submitted its report to the convening authority observing that, there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the NPF and troops of the Nigerian Army.
"It was also observed that there was non-adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure by both parties involved in the incident.
"It further made some recommendations to the Nigerian Army, NA, and Nigerian Police Force, NPF, to forestall future reoccurrence and bring anyone culpable to book in accordance with extant laws.
"The BOI also recommended that the NA and NPF should further investigate Captain Tijani Balarabe, Sergeant Ibrahim Mohammed, Corporal Bartholomew Obanye, DCO Ibi Police Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police Aondoona Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu Dadje for complacency and necessary disciplinary measures.
"It was also recommended that further investigation be conducted on Hamisu Bala for gunrunning and possibly kidnapping, in order to prosecute the suspect.
"Additionally, the BOI recommended that the Services and other security agencies establish an Interagency Liaison Desk to include senior officers for timely resolution of future misdemeanor.
"The Defence Headquarters once again assures the public that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are working in synergy to tackle contemporary security challenges be-deviling the nation."