Cops Killing: Shehu Sani, Fani-Kayode Demand for Justice

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Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode and Senator Shehu Sani has condemned the killing of three police officers and a civilian by the troops of 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba State on Tuesday.
The Policemen came under attack while taking a suspected kidnapping kingpi, Alhaji Hamisu, to the state Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo, according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mba added that the soldiers allegedly shot the police operatives despite sufficient proof that they were on a legitimate duty and subsequently released the suspected kidnapper, who is now at large.
However, the Army, in its reaction said the soldiers mistook the policemen for kidnappers.
In a statement by its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, the Army said, “On August 6, troops of 93 Battalion Takum while responding to a distress call to rescue a kidnapped victim exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

“The suspected kidnappers numbering about 10 and driving in a white bus with registration number LAGOS MUS564EU refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive check points. The flagrant refusal of the suspected kidnappers to stop at the three checkpoints prompted a hot pursuit of the fleeing suspects by the troops.

“It was in this process that the suspected kidnappers who were obviously armed opened fire at the troops sporadically thus prompting them to return fire. In the resultant fire fight, four suspects were shot and died on the spot while four sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds and two others reportedly missing.

“It was only after this avoidable outcome that one of the wounded suspects disclosed the fact that they were indeed policemen dispatched from Nigeria Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja for a covert assignment.”

Meanwhile, Mba in a counter-statement on Thursday demanded for the whereabouts of the kidnapping kingpin rescued by the soldiers.

“The most important question arising from the Nigerian Army statement is: Where is Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume? Wadume is a millionaire kidnapper arrested by the police but paradoxically treated as a ‘kidnap victim’ by the soldiers and subsequently ‘rescued’ by them. Where is he? Where is the rescued kidnapper?

“The Force also considers it insensitive, disrespectful and unpatriotic of the army to continue to describe policemen on a lawful national assignment as ‘suspected kidnappers’ long after it had become crystal clear that these are law enforcement officers who were gruesomely murdered in the line of duty by Nigerian soldiers attached to 93 Battalion, Takum.”

While reacting, Fani-Kayode, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, berated those justifying the soldiers’ actions.
He wrote on his Twitter handle: “For those that are attempting to justify the homicidal actions of the soldiers that executed 3 policemen after they had courageously carried out their lawful duty by arresting a dangerous kidnapper I ask this: why did they rescue the kidnapper and where have they hidden him?
In a similar vein, Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial district in the 8th Senate said justice must be done in the case.
He added: “The Killing of the Three Policemen in active service in Taraba State is unfortunate, sad and tragic. Justice must be done; and their families must be adequately compensated by the FG. May their gentle soul Rest In Peace.  Ameen.”

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