An assistant superintendent of police, Vincent Maxwell, has said that the policemen who were killed by soldiers were involved in the arrest of kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, a Boko Haram commander and several of his group members.
The ASP further said the late policemen also rescued the father-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide de camp (ADC), Musa Umar, who was kidnapped in May.
Recall that three policemen were said to have been killed by the soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo road in Taraba state.
“The policemen were on a covert mission to arrest one Hamisu, a high-profile kidnap suspect, when they were attacked by the troops,” a statement by police spokesman, Frank Mba had said.
ASP Maxwell in a statement said the officers killed by the soldiers were among the best on the inspector-general of police’s intelligence response team (IRT).
He said they were also part of the team that apprehended over 20 members of the Boko Haram insurgent group responsible for the abduction of over 200 students from Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok, Borno state in 2014.
“They similarly participated in the arrest of Umar Abdulmalik, overall Boko Haram Commander Of North Central, Nigeria and several of his group members,” Kyari said.
“They arrested the kidnappers of two American and two Canadian citizens in Kaduna State and most recently, they took part in the rescue of Magajin Garin Daura in Kano State during which 13 suspects who carried out the abduction were arrested in Kano.
“And most recently, the rescue Of Magajin Garin Daura in Kano State and arrest of the 13 terrorists responsible for kidnapping the Magajin Garin Daura in his home town Daura town Katsina state on the 1/5/19, among many other outstanding records of the team.”