5 Soldiers, 2 Policemen arrested over police killing in Nigeria-Report
London, August 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Five soldiers and two policemen working at Ibi Police Division were said to have been arrested on the order of the panel investigating the killing of three policemen and a civilian on August 6 at a check point by some Nigerian soldiers in Taraba state.
Polisonline.com reports that the two policemen were arrested for allegedly leaking information to suspected kidnap kingpin Hamisu Wadume of plans to arrest him.
The arrested police men were said to have been taken to Abuja.
The panel, it was gathered, had also ordered the arrest of five soldiers, who were on duty at Army check point. It was further gathered that two Army checkpoints between boundary of Wukari and Ibi local government areas have been dismantled.
The corpses of three police men and the civilian have been moved from Jalingo to Abuja. It was further gathered that 60 people alleged to be working for the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, are now on the run.
Those on the run include the manager of Wadume’s transport business as well as those who benefited from his generosity.
A source in Ibi told our website that some of them were working as drivers of commercial vehicles and motorcycles belonging to suspected kidnap kingpin.
According to the source they disappeared two days after the killings of the officials. The detectives, led by Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP) Abba Kyari, have sealed some houses belonging to the suspected kidnap kingpin in Ibi, the source said.
Meanwhile, the army captain, who allegedly gave the order for killing of the three police officers has been reportedly arrested.
However, a source in the Army said last night that based on suspicion that the captain ordered the killing of the IRT operatives, he was only invited by the panel set up to investigate the incident for questioning.
This is just as it was gathered that the kidnap kingpin/suspect is a philanthropist whoallegedly compromised some of the soldiers stationed in the area where the police operatives were killed.
Security sources disclosed that the captain ordered his men to shoot the bus carrying the police officers, with an instruction that no policeman must escape and that the suspect, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, should be freed