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Army: Defence HQ Set Up Panel To Probe Killing Of Policemen




The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has named a seven-man joint investigation panel to probe the killing of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers attached to 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba State.

Naija News reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the DHQ to investigate the killings.

Recall that troops of the 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum had, on Tuesday, along the Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State opened fire on police operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The team was taking a kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, to the Taraba State Police Command’s headquarters in Jalingo.

During the attack, three police, namely Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi, Dahiru Musa, and a civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries.

The killing has led to a war of words between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force.

In a statement on Friday by the acting Director, Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed set up of a seven-man panel to probe the killings and escape of Hamisu Wadume.

He said the panel was headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya and had officers drawn from the army, navy, air force, police, the Department of State Services and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

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“In compliance with the directive issued by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has constituted a seven-man Joint Investigation Panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident between the army and the police, allegedly resulting in the killing of three police personnel and a civilian along the Ibi-Wukari road in Taraba State,” Nwachukwu said.