President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the defence headquarters to commence an immediate investigation of the incident involving the troops of 93 Battalion, Takum in Taraba State, which resulted to the death of three police officers and a civilian.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this on Thursday when he briefed the State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the national security council presided over by President Buhari in Abuja.
It was gathered that the Army and the police authorities had on Wednesday, constituted a joint investigation panel to investigate the incident.
The acting director of Army public relations, Col. Sagir Musa, had said in a statement on Wednesday, that the panel would be headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of criminal investigation department, DIG Mike Ogbizi. Musa said that the panel would jointly investigate and report on the true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident in order to avert future occurrences.
The CAS, however, said that the council also decided that following the unfortunate incidents in Taraba state in Ibi, a committee would be set up under the defence headquarters to critically look into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
Abubakar also revealed that the council evaluated the current strategy of managing internal security operations across the country.
According to him, the council expressed satisfaction with the current efforts aimed at restoring law and order in the country. “We are making substantial progress in all the areas of conflicts,’’ he said.
On the issue of using technology and drones to fight crimes as earlier pledged to the southwest leaders by the president, Abubakar said technology would continue to play a very critical role in resolving security challenges in the country.
“All the services are using one technology or the other in order to ensure that our country is secured. So, security will continue to play a role and we are also looking at other areas of technology that are not currently in use to ensure that we put together all that is required to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians,’’ he added.
Police Pay Tribute to Officers Killed By Soldiers
The Nigeria Police Force have paid tribute to three slain officers in Taraba State on Tuesday.
They are Insp. Mark Edaile, Edo State; Sgt. Usman Danzumi, Taraba State and Sgt. Dahiru Musa, Taraba State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba in a statement said, the slain officers contributed greatly to the progress made in fighting crime in the country.
The three slain officers were said to be part of the teams that rescued the Magajin Garin, the District Head of Daura, as well as those who arrested 22 members of the Boko Haram sect who abducted the Chibok schoolgirls in Borno State in 2014.
According to his statement, the gallant, outstanding IRT team attacked by Soldiers in Taraba State consists of some of the most disciplined, proficient and hardworking Police investigators in the service of the Nation.
The statement reads, “Until their untimely death in the hands of soldiers of 93 Battalion Takum, Taraba State, these officers have participated in several high profile and high-risk arrests, rescue missions and investigative operations. Some of these operations include, the arrest of Nigeria’s most notorious kidnap kingpin, Evans; the arrest of 22 Boko Haram Terrorists responsible for the 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok School Girls in Borno State; The arrest of UMAR Abdulmalik, the overall Boko Haram Commander of North Central Nigeria and several of his group members.”
Others he mentioned include, the arrest of the kidnappers of two American and two Canadian citizens in Kaduna State and most recently, the rescue of Magajin Garin Daura in Kano State and arrest of the 13 terrorists responsible for the kidnapping of the Magajin Garin Daura in his home town Daura, Katsina State on May 1st, 2019, among many other outstanding feats.
He noted that the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, commiserates with the families, friends and professional colleagues of the fallen heroes, reassuring them that their death will not be in vain.
“The IGP equally calls for calm among Nigerians as efforts are in top gear to unravel the mystery surrounding this bizarre crime,” he added.