Some yet to be identified personnel of the Nigerian Army have been accused by the police of killing three of its officials and releasing a kidnap kingpin in the process.
The incident was said to have taken place along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State, on Wednesday.
The incident also resulted in injuries for other police officers and civilians as well.
According to a statement by spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, Frank Mba, the affected officers led by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix Adolije, of the Intelligence Response Team, reportedly came under attack in the process of moving kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba.
Mba disclosed that one inspector, two sergeants and a civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained during the attack by the soldiers.
According to him, the military personnel shot at the policemen despite enough evidence that they were on genuine mission.
Mba said that in the ensuing chaos following the shooting, Hamisu, who had been on the police’s wanted list, escaped.
He said, “The police operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the IRT, reportedly came under sudden shooting by personnel of the Nigerian Army along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State.
“The operatives who were taking the arrested suspect Hamisu to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at several times by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they were police personnel on legitimate duty.
“Three policemen comprising one inspector and two sergeants and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries, while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.
“The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect who is now on the run.”
Speaking further, Mba said that the police had begun investigation into the incident.