Twitter Outrage As Police Alleges Killing Of 3 Officers By Nigerian Soldiers
There was a rage on Twitter after Soldiers of the Nigerian Army allegedly shot and killed three Police officers in Taraba thinking they were kidnappers.
The police spokesman, Frank Mba, said the soldiers opened fire on the police officers along Ibi-Jalingo road in the state.
According to the police, one inspector and two sergeants were killed while other officers were able to escape with various degrees of injuries.
Mba said the operatives were in the state to arrest one Hamisu, an alhaji “indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state.”
He, however, said, ”the soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run.”
In reaction, the Nigerian army said the police officers killed by its men were mistakenly taken to be kidnappers.
Army spokesperson, Sagir Musa said the refusal of the policemen, whom they thought were kidnappers, to stop at the checkpoints prompted the action of the soldiers.
He added, “In order to avert future occurrences of this nature, the Army Headquarters and the Force Headquarters of the Nigerian Police have agreed to constitute a Joint lnvestigation Panel to be headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, DIG Mike Ogbizi, to jointly investigate and report on the true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.
“Therefore, until the Joint Investigation Panel concludes and submits its report, it will be premature to officially conclude and speak on the real circumstances that caused this unfortunate but very avoidable unfortunate incident,” the statement added.
Nigerians, storming twitter to vent their anger, have frowned at the incident. See some reactions gathered by THE WHISTLER below: