President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the defence headquarters to commence immediate investigation of incident involving the troops of 93 Battalion, Takum in Taraba state, which resulted to the death of three police officers and a civilian.
reports that the the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this on Thursday, August 8, when he briefed the State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the national security council presided over by President Buhari in Abuja.
It was gathered that the Army and the police authorities had on Wednesday, August 7, constituted a joint investigation panel to investigate the incident.
The acting director of Army public relations, Col. Sagir Musa, had said in a statement on Wednesday, August 7, that the panel would be headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of criminal investigation department, DIG Mike Ogbizi.
Musa said that the panel would jointly investigate and report on the true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident in order to avert future occurrences.
The CAS, however, said that the council also decided that following the unfortunate incidents in Taraba state in Ibi, a committee would be set up under the defence headquarters to critically look into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
Abubakar also revealed that the council evaluated the current strategy of managing internal security operations across the country.
According to him, the council expressed satisfaction with the current efforts aimed at restoring law and order in the country.
“We are making substantial progress in all the areas of conflicts,’’ he said.
On the issue of using technology and drones to fight crimes as earlier pledged to the southwest leaders by the president, Abubakar said technology would continue to play a very critical role in resolving security challenges in the country.
“All the services are using one technology or the other in order to ensure that our country is secured. So, security will continue to play a role and we are also looking at other areas of technology that are not currently in use to ensure that we put together all that is required to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians,’’ he added.
He also reassured Nigerians that the armed forces and other security agencies would continue to work to ensure the security of the country and to also ensure that no individual or group of individuals undermine the territorial integrity of country.
NAN reports that the force public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, had earlier issued a statement that the police operatives led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reportedly came under sudden attack by soldiers along Ibi–Jalingo road.
Mba said that the operatives, who were taking the arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, to the command headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at severally by the soldiers in spite of sufficient proof that they are police personnel on legitimate duty.
He said that three policemen comprising one inspector and two sergeants and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.
According to him, the soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run. (NAN)