The police and the military are in a race to recapture the suspected kidnap kingpin in Taraba State, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, albeit for different reasons, investigations have revealed.
Wadume escaped from police custody last week when soldiers shot at a team of policemen from a special squad that came from Abuja to arrest him, killing three of the 10-member crew.
Already, two panels have been set up to probe the incident; one by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and headed by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and another one by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
However, sources said the setting up of the two panels, whose members, analysts say, might be working at cross-purposes because they allegedly have different agenda, was compounding the investigation.
A security source said that what should have been set up was either a presidential panel or a judicial panel of enquiry to guard against the two panels working at cross-purposes.
It was also gathered that the bodies of the slain policemen have arrived Garki Hospital, Abuja, in preparation for their burial.
The bodies are those of Inspector Mark Edaile, from Edo State; Sergeant Usman Danzumi and Sergeant Dahiru Musa both of whom are from Taraba State as well as those of three other deceased victims.