Three Nigeria Police men have been killed while trying to arrest a kidnap suspect in Taraba State, and Soldiers have been accused for the killing.
And, According to the statement released by the spokesman of the Nigerian Police force, Mba, he said police officers from the Intelligence Response Team IRT, were in Taraba to effect the arrest of one Hamisu, an alhaji who was a suspect of high profile kidnap incidents in the Taraba state. Alhaji Hamisu who is a “notorious” kidnap kingpin has been on the Police wanted list for his crimes in several occasions which includes the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State where a ransom of about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) was paid.
The police spokesperson Mr.Mba reported that the police officers sent for the mission had arrested Hamisu but was set free by some soldiers who attacked the police officers.
”The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run. The Police Operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reportedly came under sudden attack and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, Taraba State.
The Operatives, who were taking the arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they are Police personnel on legitimate duty.
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.” Mba said
He continued by saying that the police have commenced full investigation into the “bizarre and unfortunate incident.”
The Nigerian Army is yet to react to this allegation.