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Taraba Police Killing: Traveling Military Personnel Should Do So In Mufti – CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF

TUKUR BURATAI 

Troops on internal security duties must be cautious in their dealings with members of the Police Force.

The troops were further ordered to go in mufti whenever the need arises for them to travel.

This is to avoid confrontations with policemen.

The Chief of Army Staff, CoAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in a statement consequent upon the killing of three Police officers by soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Taraba State last Tuesday, argued in a letter dated August 9, 2019 and copied to Army formations nationwide, that the Police made inflammatory comments in the social media which is capable of inciting the rank and file of the Nigeria Police to “exhibit aggressive tendencies against NA personnel.”

In the letter with reference number AHQDAIOPS/G3/240/232 and written on behalf of the COAS by Brig. Gen. F. Omoigui, with the title, ‘Need for troops to be circumspect in dealing with members of the Nigeria Police,’ Buratai said, “In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident involving troops of 93 bn, Takum and members of the Intelligence Response Team of the NPF at Ibi LGA of Taraba State on August 6, 2019, inciting and inflammatory comments are being made by the NPF on the regular and social media platforms.

“This is capable of inciting the rank and file of the NP to exhibit aggressive tendencies against NA personnel. 

“Accordingly, all troops on IS (Internal Security) duty as well as personnel travelling in and out of uniform are to be circumspect in their conduct to avoid escalation.

“Consequently, formations and unit commanders are to educate troops to be cautious in their dealings with members of the NP in view of this development. Troops travelling on pass are to endeavor to do so in mufti.”

It would be recalled that the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, of the Police, led by ASP Felix Adolije, were attacked by soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo Road while taking a suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

Specifically, three officers - Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa, as well as a civilian died, with others sustaining gunshot wounds during the incident.

The Army particularly claimed that the soldiers fired at the IRT team because they failed to stop at three checkpoints.

This claim was however thrown out by the Police which demanded the whereabouts of the kidnap suspect who was allegedly set free by the soldiers.

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