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Wadume: Army, police reportedly clash at DHQ panel

Nigeria police and the army reportedly trade words at the DHQ panel set up to investigate killing of three policemen by soldiers after arresting suspected kidnap kingpin Wadume –

The soldiers claimed they had thought Wadume was being kidnapped, adding that the police squad refused to stop at three military checkpoints on the way to identify themselves –

However, the police rebutted the allegations, saying the team followed standard operational procedures and properly identified themselves

Meanwhile, the panel has reportedly rounded off its sittings and might submit its reports to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, this week The operations of the investigative panel set up by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) to probe the killings of three policemen and arrest of Hamisu Bala Wadume were reportedly disrupted due to an alleged bickering between the Nigerian Army and the police.

ThisDay reports that a source claimed that during the panel’s sittings, the Nigerian Army and the police stood their grounds, trading words on the cause of the incident.

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Recall that soldiers of 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba state, had shot members of a special anti-crime squad from the Inspector General of Police (IGP)’s office, who had arrested Wadume and were taken him to the state police command, Jalingo, for interrogation, killing the three policemen and a civilian.

They subsequently rescued the suspect, who was taken to the army headquarters from where he was set free. The soldiers claimed they had thought Wadume was being kidnapped, adding that the police squad refused to stop at three military checkpoints on the way to identify themselves.

The police, however, rebutted the allegations, saying the team followed standard operational procedures and properly identified themselves. They accused the soldiers of collaborating with Wadume and his gang to abort the operations.

The DHQ, following the clash between the security agents, set up a panel to investigate the incident. Meanwhile, the panel, headed by Rear Admiral I.T. Olaiya, which sat in Taraba and Abuja, had reportedly rounded off its sittings and might submit its reports to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, this week.

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