BETRAYAL!!! Army Arrests Two Policemen Who Leaked Classified Info To Notorious Taraba Kidnapper
Aug. 13, 2019
Army Cheif, Buratai
A panel set up by Defence Headquarters and the police force to look into the killing of 3 police officers and a civilian along Ibi-Jalingo road in Taraba last Tuesday has apprehended two policemen.
According to Daily Trust reports, the police officers working at Ibi police division “were arrested for allegedly leaking information to suspected kidnap kingpin Hamisu Wadume of plans to arrest him”.
It was further learnt that the panel has ordered the arrest of five soldiers who were at the army checkpoint.
Sixty(60) people, additionally, alleged to be working for the suspected kidnap kingpin, are on the run.
Scooper had earlier reported that some soldiers opened fire on operatives of police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) while conveying a hardened kidnapper to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, Taraba State, killing 3 officers, including one civilian in the process and leaving others badly injured.
The kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu, "indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state" was subsequently freed by the soldiers, police's spokesman, Frank Mba said.
But Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, in a statement last Wednesday said the military officers mistook the police officers as kidnappers after they refused to stop at three consecutive check points, prompting a gun battle during which they were killed.
However, the police disagreed with the army's narrative and accused it of lying, saying there were sufficient proofs its killed men were officers of the police force.
The army, responded that the police was making “inciting and inflammatory” comments over the incident. It warned of a possible escalation of the crisis.
Scene of the bloody encounter; PhotoCredit: The Punch
The panel is said to have also dismantled the two army checkpoints along the road where the killings occurred while the bodies of those killed have been conveyed to Abuja.
A source was quoted as saying among those being hunted are drivers of commercial vehicles and motorcycles belonging to the kidnap suspect.
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