Killing of 3 Police officers: Army arrest captain who ordered gunfire on cops

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The captain who ordered the killing of three Police officers
transporting a kidnap suspect in Taraba state have been
arrested
– The captain was arrested by the Army on Sunday, August
11, night after he was invited by the panel set up to
investigate the incident for questioning
– A source said the captain ordered the soldiers to shot at
the bus conveying Wadume with an instruction that no police
officer in the vehicle escapes while the kidnap suspect is
freed
The Nigerian Army officer who gave the order for the killing of
three Police officers and a civilian who were transporting a
kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala Wadume, have been arrested.
Vanguard reports that the officer, a captain, was arrested by
the Army on Sunday, August 11, night after he was invited by
the panel set up to investigate the incident for questioning.
A source within the Army said the kidnap suspect who was
freed by some soldiers – along Ibi-Wukari road – who were
allegedly compromised.
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It was also gathered that the captain ordered the soldiers to
shot at the bus conveying Wadume with an instruction that no
police officer in the vehicle escapes while the kidnap suspect
is freed.
“Our colleagues (police operatives) also exchanged pleasantries
with the army personnel at the checkpoint before they pursued
then on the captain’s instruction and fired at them,” the source
said.
According to the source, the road to Ibi village is a narrow and
only road that leads to the area.
“That was why when the policemen encountered the soldiers at
the three checkpoints, they introduced themselves and stated
what they came for. They chatted, joked and exchanged
pleasantries,” the source said.
The source added that the arrest of the suspect was made by
the Police within 20 minutes and while they were returning
soldiers at the first and second check points inquired from
them if they were already through.
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The source said the soldiers and operatives know each
another, but the phone call from a top military personnel
changed the whole scenario.
However, another military source said the team of the
inspector general of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT)
were attacked at the second military check-point in the village
causing the driver of the vehicle to loose control under the
series of gun fire.
The source explained that some of the officers who managed
to crawl out of the vehicle into the bush path were
immediately shot dead by the soldiers at close range after
they realised they were still alive.
It was gathered that residents who crowded scene of the
incident went wild with jubilation, after been informed that the
slain police officers were kidnappers.
However, the teaming crowd saved the lives of two other
officers who survived the gunfire by the soldiers.
The source said, it was gathered one of the soldiers reportedly
told his colleagues that killing the surviving officers would be
too risky as the villagers already captured them alive on their
smart phones.
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“When the operatives got to Ibi town, they booked their arrival
at the police station and proceeded with assistance from a
policeman attached to them in the state headquarters, Jalingo,
to trace and arrest Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, who is wanted
because he is linked to several kidnappings in Taraba state,
including a recent kidnapping in which N100 million was
collected as ransom,” the source noted.
It was gathered that information went out to the captain after
the Police officers left Jalingo that his friend Wadume had
been kidnapped.
“Without any verification or inquiries, the Army captain ordered
his men along the highway to ambush the policemen. Thus, as
the team was moving along Ibi-Jalingo road, they came under
the hail of bullets from soldiers, which led to the vehicle
conveying the policemen somersaulting.”
“Thereafter, two policemen and one civilian agent were shot
dead by the soldiers at close range. The policemen were shot
despite presenting their police identification cards, and also
adorning police jackets,” the source said.
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According to him, all the IRT Police team were alive when the
vehicle somersaulted.
He said that two operatives, Inspector Mark Idiale and
Inspector Abah Mathias, had serious bullet wounds and are
currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital Wukari in
Taraba state.
“It is believed that Wadume and other members of his gang
escaped with him to a location outside Ibi Town.”
“One AK47 rifle and two pistols belonging to the late police
officers were carted away by the gang members of Wadume
who came to the scene with the soldiers, while two of the
police AK47 rifles are with the soldiers as admitted by one of
their personnel at the scene,’’

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