The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned soldiers against travelling with uniforms following the killing of 3 highly trained police officers (Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeant Usman Danzumi and Sergeant Dahiru Musa) by soldiers of the Nigerian Army 93 Battalion.
The Army Chief warned soldiers on internal security duties to be careful in their dealing with police officers. He further instructed soldiers travelling to go on mufti.
Naija Buzz News had last week reported how the Nigeria Police accused soldiers of the Nigerian Army of killing 3 policemen and a civilian who were on legitimate duty and also releasing a kidnap kingpin identified as Alhaji Hamisu Wadume.
The incident happened along Ibi-Jalingo Road in Taraba State as the police officers were conveying the highly wanted criminal to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.
The Army had admitted to killing the policemen, but however noted that it was a mistake and the police was the cause of the confusion for not giving proper communication before the special operation that led to Alhaji Hamisu’s arrest.
The police in its response however vehemently condemned the statement by the Nigerian Army, saying that evidence shows that the policemen were shot in a close range by the soldiers. The Police HQ further asked the Nigerian Army to explain how the notorious millionaire kidnap kingpin who was in handcuff and leg chains escaped.
Following last week incident, the Army Chief in a statement to all army formation nationwide through Brig. Gen. F Omoigui, said that the development could cause the Nigeria Police to exhibit aggressive tendencies against Nigerian Army personnel.
Read the statement in part below;
“In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident involving troops of 93 bn, Takum and members of the Intelligence Response Team of the NPF at Ibi LGA of Taraba State on August 6, 2019, inciting and inflammatory comments are being made by the NPF on the regular and social media platforms.
“This is capable of inciting the rank and file of the NP to exhibit aggressive tendencies against NA personnel. Accordingly, all troops on IS (Internal Security) duty as well as personnel travelling in and out of uniform are to be circumspect in their conduct to avoid escalation.”
“Consequently, formations and unit commanders are to educate troops to be cautious in their dealings with members of the NP in view of this development. Troops travelling on pass are to endeavor to do so in mufti.”
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.