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Army Killing of 3 Policemen: FG about to release a very painful report

By Capt Barr Casmir Nwafor Rtd

The Defence Headquarters is about to issue “a very painful and demoralising report” regarding the incident where a Nigerian Army Captain ordered soldiers on security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo Expressway in Taraba State, to attack and kill elite police operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

Meanwhile the Defence Headquarters has ordered the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Takum, Taraba State, to produce the fleeing kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, as evidence that its soldiers are not culpable in his escape after three policemen and a civilian were killed at a checkpoint in Ibi, last Tuesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Defence headquarters to set up the panel to probe into the tragedy.

In a country governed by the clueless, 3 of the best detectives of the nation’s Police force were murdered in cold blood by soldiers (not alleged) and what did Buhari do?

He directs the Defence HQ made up of Army, Navy and Airforce (which excludes the Police) to set up an “Investigation Panel” to investigate the matter.

The Defence HQ in the spirit of Esprit de Corp appointed a Naval Senior Officer to head a panel to investigate terrible crime committed by his sister in the Armed Forces (the Army), adding other members and magnanimously included the Police.

This is the setting to the production of a very painful and demoralising report that will be released soon by this Panel. That’s the sorry state we are in Nigeria.

What a purposeful man would have done would have been to set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the ugly incident. It will carry more grievous punishments and bring to the public glare events that led to and followed after the incident.

The Defence HQ has no business in the matter as an Army personnel is presently the Chief of Defence Staff and the Police isn’t part of the Nigeria’s Defence HQ.

Where a Panel of Inquiry is preferred to Judicial Panel of Inquiry then other security agencies like the DSS, NIA and DIA are better suited than Defence HQ to investigate the incident for professionalism, unbiased and better report.

However, my prayer is that any man who conspires or connives to hide the truth in the dastardly murder of these Policemen and civilian with them will die a worse death.

Evil and sadness shall never depart his household and generations. May there never be cries of male children in his lineage.

Grant these Policemen and civilians murdered along with them eternal rest Oh Lord.

Amen.

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