Buhari orders full investigation into Killing of Police officers by Army


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday ordered a full investigation into the killing of two Police Intelligence officers on convert operation in Taraba State by Military personnel serving in the state.

The killing is however said to have resulted in poor communication between the Military and the Office of the Inspector General of Police in Abuja.

The President who met behind closed doors with top members of the nation’s security council, at the Presidential Villa Abuja used the opportunity to set up a special committee to investigate what they described as ’unfortunate killing’ of three police intelligence office in Ibi, Jalingo, Taraba State.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an Air Marshall, disclosed that the President set up a committee to investigate the ”unfortunate incidents in Ibi, Taraba State.”

According to him, the committee would be constituted under the Defence Headquarters to unearth the truth about the incident.

The Air Chief also said that the council evaluated the current strategy of managing internal security operations all over the country and was satisfied with the current efforts being made by the security agencies to curtailing crimes in the country.

”We are making substantial progress in all the areas of conflicts, ” Air Marshal Sadique said.

The service chief, however, assured Nigerians that the armed forces of Nigeria and other security agencies would continue to work to ensure the security of Nigerian.

He added they would also ensure that no individual or group of individuals undermine the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

Asked if the council discussed the issue of using technology and drones to fight crimes as earlier pledged to the south-west leaders, the Chief of Air Staff said, ”technology will continue to play a very critical role in resolving security challenges in Nigeria.

“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 Nigerian and Nigerians.”

The Nigeria Police Force had on Wednesday, accused some unidentified soldiers of shooting to death three police officers and a civilian along the Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State when they were taking an arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu to the command headquarters in Jalingo when they were shot at by the soldiers.

The police spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, said the policemen were gunned down despite sufficient proof that they were police personnel on legitimate duty.

The Police alleged that several other officers were also injured during the attack.

But the Army spokesman, Sagir Musa, a Colonel, countered the police claims stating that the policemen allegedly refused to stop at a military checkpoint and were trailed and shot dead by troops who had earlier received a distress call.

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