Posted on Thu 8 Aug 2019, 07:46 AM

The Nigerian Army has replied to the allegation that soldiers shot and killed three police officers and a civilian in Taraba state.

This was contained in a statement  signed by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa. According to him  the soldiers were responding to a distress call to rescue a kidnap victim, exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

Army spokesman alleged that it was after the kidnap suspects have been killed that a surviving officer disclosed their identity and their mission.

The police officers numbering about ten, according to the Army, refused to stop for clearance at three consecutive checkpoints leading to a chase by the soldiers which is contradiction with what the police said earlier.

According to the statement, “This incident is indeed quite unfortunate and could have been avoided through proper coordination and liaison as the Nigerian Police Force are partners in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping amongst myriads of other internal security threats confronting our nation of which the Nigerian Police is the lead Agency.”


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