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Wadume: Army, Police Indicted As Investigative Panel Releases Report

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The report on the investigation of the killing of three Police officers in Taraba state by some Army personnel have been released

The Nigerian Army and the Police were both indicted in the report – According to the recommendations of the board of inquiry on the matter, there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the Nigeria Police and troops of the Nigerian Army The panel of inquiry investigating the killing of three Police officers in a botched rescue effort of Hamisu Bala a suspected kidnapper popularly known as Wadume on the orders of an Army captain has released its report.

The report of the board of inquiry was contained in a statement sent by the Defence Headquarters and signed by the director of defence information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu on Tuesday, October 8.

The report which followed a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on the incident which took place along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba state on August 6. In its report, the seven-member BOI led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Taiwo Olaiya with representatives each from the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Police and Department of State Service said there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the Nigeria Police and troops of the Nigerian Army.

The report stating that there was non-adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure by both parties involved in the incident also urged that the Army and the Police further investigate Captain Tijani Balarabe, Sergeant Ibrahim Mohammed, Corporal Bartholomew Obanye, DCO Ibi Police Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police Aondoona Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu Dadje for complacency and necessary disciplinary measures. The panel in its recommendation called for a further and precise investigation on Hamisu Bala for gunrunning and possible kidnapping, in order to prosecute the suspect.

“The report said: “Additionally, the BOI 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 be-deviling the nation,” the report added.

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