Three brilliant police men that work for the elite Intelligence Response Team (IRT) were killed by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, Taraba State, while a kidnapping suspect, Alhaji Hamisu was allegedly freed from handcuffs by the soldiers and is now roaming free.
In a case that demonstrates the highest level of inefficiency and near absence of cooperation and proper coordination of Nigeria’s security and defense operations, especially at the crisis theaters in Northern Nigeria.
The show of shame was first confirmed in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba on Wednesday as he placed the blame on the men of the Nigerian Army claiming that the policemen “came under sudden attack and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, Taraba State.”
The Police spokesman in his statement said that the soldiers also killed a civilian and freed a suspected kidnap suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who was arrested by the Police IRT operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije.
Mba noted the freed suspect has been on the police wanted list for “his complicity in several high-profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State wherein a ransom of about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) was paid.”
THE ARMY SIDE OF THE STORY
Army spokesman Sagir Musa said the soldiers were responding to a distress call from members of the community to rescue a kidnapped victim.
The army chief said the team of police in a white bus “refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive check points”, hence, prompting the army to suspect them as the kidnappers.
Musa confirmed that “four (4) suspects were shot and died on the spot while four (4) others sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds and 2 others reportedly missing.”
A slightly different account of the “unfortunate” incident was shared by the police.While the police also confirmed four people dead and others sustaining injuries, police said the army freed a high-profile kidnap suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, its men arrested.
“Three policemen (comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants) and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds,” police spokesman Frank Mba said.
“The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run,” Mba added
Army spokesman, however, said the Divisional Police Officer of Ibi police division, which is closest to the location of the operation, was not informed by the police headquarters “thus lending credence to the distressed call from members of the community that the suspects who turned out to be policemen on a covert mission were rather suspected kidnappers.”
Musa disclosed that the police and the army have agreed to jointly investigate “true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.”
THE DECEASED OFFICERS WERE SUPER COPS
TNV learnt today that the officers killed by soldiers in Taraba State were among the best on the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT). The deceased policemen were responsible for several heroic deeds, including securing the arrest of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadik also known as Evans, the notorious billionaire kidnapper who lived in luxury at Magodo Estate Lagos for years without being detected. The Squad is led by the highly commended crack detective Abba Kyari.