Posted on Sat 10 Aug 2019, 10:46 AM

The special investigating panel set up by the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to look into the circumstances surrounding the killing of 3 Police officers and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba state on Tuesday night are still in Ibi where the incident took place. See pictures

The team led by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mike Ogbizi, arrived Jalingo, capital of Taraba state on Thursday and swung into action immediately. 

A very credible source told HOMELAND NEWS that the police is already establishing a link around the pieces of pussle gathered around the painful incident.

On Friday, a day after President Buhari ordered full investigation, Defence Headquarters set up another team, 7 in number, headed by Rear Admiral IT Olaiya, and made up of representatives of major security agencies including the army and the police. 

It is not clear whether the police will back-step to allow the joint panel to proceed with investigation due to the lack of trust among the sister agencies. 

Another possibility is for the entire teams to collapse into one and share information extracted from diverse sources, which the police, by virtue of their role, should have more credible links. Again the trust issue could be an impediment.

The story of how an intel squad of the police on official assignment in Taraba state and was attacked by soldiers from the Nigerian Army, who shot and killed three officers broke on Wednesday through a statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

The statement said the soldiers freed a kingpin who specializes in kidnapping high profile persons for heavy ransome.

On Thursday, Spokesman of the army, Col. Sagir Musa, responded and explained that the soldiers were responding to a distress call to rescue a kidnap victim. 

The statement accused the police of creating a situation where their presence and activity in the state were cast under a shadow of doubt.

Meanwhile, efforts made to reach families of the three murdered police officers did not yield results as they insisted on being allowed to grief privately for now.


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