.Says killing caused by lack of inter-agency cooperation
The Board of Inquiry set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to investigate the circumstances leading to the killing of three policemen and one civilian in Ibi, Taraba State last August 6, has recommended that five personnel of the Nigerian Army be sanctioned over the issue.
The Acting Director Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the seven-man panel had submitted its report to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin.
Nwachukwu said that Olonisakin has constituted the panel following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari for an immediate investigation into the unfortunate incident.
Nwachukwu said that the board of inquiry led by Rear Adm. Ibikunle Olaiya, comprised one representative each from the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Other members, according to him, are the Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Department of State Service (DSS).
He said that the incident gave rise to serious concern by the federal government, the military and police high command.
The officers to face disciplinary sanctions; Captain Tijani Balarabe, Sergeant Ibrahim Mohammed, Corporal Bartholomew Obanye of the Ibi Police Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Aondoona Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu Dadje.
Furthermore, the panel recommended that investigations be conducted on Hamisu Bala, the Taraba kidnap kingpin, for “gun running and possibly kidnapping, in order to prosecute the suspect”.
The defence spokesperson added that the panel also 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 bedeviling the nation,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Police Force last August 7 accused some unidentified soldiers of shooting to death three police officers and a civilian along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State, adding that several other officers were also injured during the attack.
The Police operatives led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team reportedly came under sudden attack while taking a kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.
The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, explained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 that one Police Inspector, two Sergeants and a civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack.
He noted that the soldiers shot the policemen despite sufficient proof that they were on legitimate duty. They subsequently released the suspect, who was later arrested and now facing prosecution.
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