The police officers killed by soldiers in Taraba state have been described as being among the best on the inspector-general of police’s intelligence response team (IRT).
This was made known by Vincent Maxwell, an assistant superintendent of police, adding that the team is known for handling special crime cases across the country.
According to an announcement by police spokesperson, Frank Mba, on Wednesday, the team was on an undercover mission to apprehend a high-profile kidnap suspect, Hamisu when soldiers opened fire on them.
Many officers were said to have escaped with injuries but three of them were killed including and a civilian.
While reacting to a post shared by Abba Kyari, head of the IRT, Maxwell said the deceased were among those who arrested the likes of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans the kidnapper, over 20 members of the Boko Haram insurgent group responsible for the abduction of over 200 students from Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok, Borno state in 2014, Umar Abdulmalik, a Boko Haram commander suspected to be the mastermind of the bombings in Nyanya and Kuje areas of Abuja in 2015.
The deceased also participated in the rescue of Musa Umar, father-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide de camp (ADC), who was kidnapped in May.