On Wednesday, the Taraba State Police Command announced that Nigerian soldiers opened fire on their police team in Ibi-Jalingo road, Taraba State, killing three police officers and severely injuring others.
According to the Police Spokesman and Deputy Commissioner, Frank Mba:
"Felix Adolije, an assistant police superintendent, led officers of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) to Jalingo to arrest a suspected kidnapper whom the police identified as ‘Alhaji Hamisu.’
"The officers successfully apprehended Mr Hamisu, the kidnapper, and were on their way to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo when some troops of soldiers opened fire on them despite showing sufficient proof that they are police personnel on legitimate duty."
According to fresh reports, an inspector, two sergeants and a civilian were shot dead by the soldiers, while others sustained injuries.
“The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run,” Mr Frank Mba added.
The police identified Alhaji Hamisu as a notorious kidnapper, who happens to be a rich oil dealer and has been on the police wanted list. Hamisu is alleged to have been involved in several high-profile kidnap cases in the state, including the recent abduction of an oil dealer in Taraba State. The oil dealer, who was not named in the police statement, paid a ransom fee of N1 million to regain his freedom.
The remains of the deceased officers have been deposited in the morgue while a police officer has been sent to the state to ensure the injured police officers receive proper medical treatment.
Mr Mba also stated that the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adama, has been informed of the incident and he has ordered an immediate investigation into it.