Luitenant General Tukur
Luitenant General Tukur

Following the killing of three Police officers by soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Taraba State last Tuesday, the Chief of Staff, Luitenant General Tukur Buratai, has directed troops on internal security duties to be cautious in their dealings with members of the Police Force.

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He also admonished travelling military personnel to do so in mufti in order to avoid confrontations with policemen.

The Intelligence Response Team of the Police, led by Felix Adolije, had come under attack from soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo Road while taking a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

Three officers, Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa, as well as a civilian died, while others sustained gunshot wounds during the incident.

The Nigerian Army had claimed that the soldiers fired at the IRT team because they failed to stop at three checkpoints; but this was dismissed by the Police which demanded the whereabouts of the kidnap suspect who was allegedly set free by the soldiers.