Police death in Nigeria: Why are the killer soldiers not in custody?
London, August 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Why are the killer soldiers, who deliberately killed three police officers and freed arrested kidnap king pin not in custody by now?
This is the question security experts and many Nigerians in the diaspora are asking Nigerian government.
Security experts who spoke with Alternativeafrica.com in London are concerned that the by not arresting the killer soldiers after the Nigerian Army leadership had confirmed and acknowledged that the soldiers were responsible for the death of the police officers, is “not only an abnormality and an affront but an open display of impunity”
John Cusbin, a London based security expert said the fact that the Nigerian police hierarchy choose to externalize the issue “is an indication of lack of trust in the system and as a result decided to take the matter to public opinion to force justice. “I must tell you that myself and most of our colleagues are in shock as to why there is no announcement of the arrest of the killer soldiers three or four days after the incident, its never heard of. The Army had acknowledge that its soldiers killed the police officers, why are they still working free?”
Another security expert who would not want to be identified said the lack of arrest of the killer soldiers could jeopardize any investigation into the matter as directed by the president. “What are they going to investigate when the killer soldiers and their collaborators would be busy clearing any evidence to could implicate them. They will be busy meeting and rehearsing their lines to ensure that all culprits say the something during the inquiry. This to me is a deliberate attempt to influence the investigation”
The death of the police officers and the escape of the suspected kidnapping kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume had enraged Nigerians in United Kingdom who had always believed that the upsurge in kidnapping in Nigeria had the connivance of some unscrupulous security agents in the country.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters has constituted a seven-man joint investigation panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of three police personnel and a civilian by troops of Nigerian Army in Taraba.
The Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja said the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, constituted the panel on Friday in compliance with the presidential directive issued by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that the panel which was headed by Rear Adm. I.T Olaiya, had a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Department of State Service and the Defence Intelligence Agency.
According to him, the Joint Committee has commenced work immediately
It is recalled that the police authorities had on Wednesday announced the killing of its personnel from the Force Headquarters on covert by the troops along Ibi-Wukari road in Taraba state.
The police had alleged that the suspected kidnappers in custody of the attacked officers were released by the army troops.
Army Headquarters, in reaction, described the incident as `unfortunate and avoidable’ while explaining its own side of the story.
The army had explained that the said army troops, while responding to a distress call to rescue a kidnapped victim, exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in the State.
The police, in a counter reaction on Thursday, raised a number of questions that the army authorities needed to unravel especially the whereabouts of the arrested suspected kidnapping kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume.