The Nigeria Police Force has accused soldiers of murdering three police officers while they set free a kidnap suspect in Taraba state.
Via a statement released by Frank Mba, the spokesperson of the force, some police officers from the Intelligence Response Team IRT, were in Taraba to arrest a certain Hamisu, an alhaji “indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state.
The said Hamisu who is a “notorious” kidnap kingpin has been on the wanted list for his involvement in some high-profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State that saw One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) ransom paid.
The statement read thus;
”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
The police spokesperson added that a full investigation has started on the “bizarre and unfortunate incident.”