DHQ Constitutes Joint Panel To Probe Killing Of Policemen In Taraba

 

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has set up a joint panel to investigate the killing of three police officers and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba State.

Acting Director of Information Defence Headquarters, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, announced this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, constituted the committee following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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According to Colonel Nwachukwu, the seven-man panel chaired by Rear Admiral I.T. Olaiya has commenced work immediately.

The panel comprises representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

Colonel Nwachukwu said the committee has been asked to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of the security personnel and the civilian along Ibi – Wukari Road in Taraba on Tuesday.

President Buhari issued the directive on Thursday when he met with the Service Chiefs over the incident and the nation’s security situation.

According to a statement from the police, the slain operatives were on investigation activities to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state.

The Force said the operatives, who were taking the arrested suspect to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they were police personnel on legitimate duty.

Reacting in a statement, the army explained that although the incident could have been avoided, the policemen “refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive checkpoints.”

It said the refusal of the security operatives to stop at the checkpoints prompted a hot pursuit by the troops, adding that policemen opened fire at the troops “sporadically” which prompted them to return fire.

Read the full statement below:

In compliance with the presidential directive issued by the President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has constituted a 7-man Joint Investigation Panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police allegedly resulting in the killing of 3 personnel of the Nigeria Police and a civilian along Ibi – Wukari road in Taraba State.

The Joint Investigation panel is headed by Rear Admiral IT Olaiya and has a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

The Joint Committee has commenced work immediately.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Colonel
Acting Director, Defence Information

Service Chiefs Brief Buhari On Security, Killing Of Policemen In Taraba

Buhari Briefed On Killing Of Policemen In Taraba

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received a brief of the killing of three policemen in Taraba State.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Abubakar was briefing State House correspondents at the end of the National Security Council meeting presided over by the President.

He said President Buhari also got briefed on the general security situation across the country.

According to him, the Council is satisfied with the efforts being made to secure the nation and promises to sustain the progress recorded so far.

The meeting had in attendance the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin.

Also in attendance are the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas, as well as a representative of the Inspector General of Police and heads of other security outfits in the country.

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President Buhari met with them following the killing of three police personnel and a civilian in a gunfight with troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum in Taraba.

According to a statement from the police, the victims were on investigation activities to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state.

The Force said the operatives, who were taking the arrested suspect to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they were police personnel on legitimate duty.

Reacting in a statement, the army explained that although the incident could have been avoided, the policemen “refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive checkpoints.”

It said the refusal of the security operatives to stop at the checkpoints prompted a hot pursuit by the troops, adding that policemen opened fire at the troops “sporadically” which prompted them to return fire.

Read the statements from the police and army below:

PRESS RELEASE

THREE POLICE OPERATIVES, ONE CIVILIAN KILLED BY SOLDIERS IN TARABA

  • Kidnap Kingpin set free
  • IGP orders full-fledged investigations

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni  has ordered full-fledged investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of three (3) Police operatives and one (1) Civilian, and serious injury to other Police operatives, who were on investigation activities to Ibi, Taraba State, to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the State.

The Police Operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reportedly came under sudden attack and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, Taraba State.

The Operatives, who were taking the arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they are Police personnel on legitimate duty.

Three Policemen (comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants) and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds. The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run.

Alhaji Hamisu, a notorious kidnap kingpin, has been on the Police wanted list for his complicity in several high-profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State wherein a ransom of about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) was paid.

The IGP has ordered the AIG Medicals to proceed to Jalingo to ensure concerted efforts in the treatment of the injured Police officers. The remains of the deceased have been deposited in the morgue.

Meanwhile, the Force has commenced full investigation into the bizarre and unfortunate incident

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

Army Responds

The attention of the Army Headquarters has been drawn to the Press Release by

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.2/68       Date: 7th August, 2019 on the  unfortunate incident that occurred on the 6th of August 2019 in which troops of 93 Battalion  Nigerian Army Takum pursued and exchanged fire with some suspected Kidnappers who  indeed turned out to be an Intelligence Response Team from the Police Force Headquarters Abuja on a covert assignment from Abuja resulting in the death and injury of some members of the Team.

On the 6th of August 2019, the said Nigerian Army troops, while responding to a distressed call to rescue a kidnapped victim exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

The suspected kidnappers numbering about ten (10) and driving in a white bus with Reg No LAGOS MUS 564 EU refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive checkpoints.

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 firefight, four (4) suspects were shot and died on the spot while four (4) others sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds and 2 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 Nigerian Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja for a covert assignment.

However,  following inquiries from a  Police Station officer who was asked by the commander of the Army troops whether he was aware of any Nigerian Police team being dispatched to operate in the LGA, the Divisional  Police Officer of Ibi Police  Division responded that he was not informed about any operation by the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters thus lending credence to the distressed call from members of the community that the suspects who turned out to be Policemen on a covert mission were rather suspected kidnappers.

This incident is indeed quite unfortunate and could have been avoided through proper coordination and liaison as the Nigerian Police Force are partners in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping amongst myriads of other internal security threats confronting our nation of which the Nigerian Police is the Lead Agency.

In order to avert future occurrences of this nature, the Army Headquarters and the Force Headquarters  of the Nigerian Police have agreed to constitute a Joint Investigation Panel to be headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, DIG Mike Ogbizi, to jointly investigate and report on the true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

Therefore, until the Joint Investigation Panel concludes and submits its report, it will be premature to officially conclude and speak on the real circumstances that caused this unfortunate but very avoidable unfortunate incident.

SAGIR MUSA

Colonel

Acting Director Army Public Relations

7 August 2019

Two Policemen Killed Near Niger Capital

BREAKING: 'Multiple Casualties' As Gunman Opens Fire At US Synagogue

 

Two policemen were killed late Tuesday when gunmen attacked a police station on the northern edge of the Niger capital Niamey, authorities said.

The attack on the highway from Ouallam was the closest to the city yet by suspected jihadists who are waging a long-running insurgency in the Sahel country.

“The police post on the Ouallam route a few kilometres from Niamey was hit by a surprise attack by two armed individuals,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

“The toll from the attack: Two policemen killed and two wounded.”

Police investigators were on the scene on Wednesday morning.

No group immediately claimed the attack, which came weeks before the capital hosts an African Union summit on July 7-8 with a number of heads of state.

Interior Minister Mohalmed Bazoum told AFP the attackers wanted to try to make a statement before more forces are deployed on the ground to beef up security for the summit.

“There will be thousands of men on the ground, and I am not worried about the summit,” the minister said.

Boko Haram raids

Niger, a large, impoverished state, is grappling with attacks by jihadist groups in the west of the country, and raids by Boko Haram Islamists in the south, near the border with Nigeria.

Eighty-eight civilians were killed by Boko Haram in March alone, and more than 18,000 villagers forced to flee their homes, according to the United Nations.

On June 8, a US military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device as it entered a firing range near Ouallam for a joint training exercise.

Niger hosts an estimated 800 US troops, the largest American deployment in Africa.

The scale of the US presence came to light in October 2018, when four US and five Nigerien troops were killed in an ambush by fighters affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group.

Security is tight in Niamey, with high-profile deployment of the military and police and checkpoints on the highways into town.

AFP

Two Policemen, Five Others Killed In Mali Border Attack

 

 

Four civilians, two Malian police officers and a customs official were killed in an attack on a border post on Mali’s frontier with Burkina Faso, security sources and government officials said Monday.

“Armed men attacked the border post at Kouri on Sunday night,” a local policeman said, who asked not to be identified.

“Two gendarmes, a customs officer and four civilians, including two Ghanaians, were killed.”

Another security source confirmed the toll and said the two Ghanaians were lorry drivers.

“The assailants arrived on three motorbikes and in a car,” the source said. “They fired at the gendarmes, the customs officers and the civilian truck drivers.”

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“Right now, we can’t confirm who the attackers were. They arrived in Kouri from two directions,” a government official said. “We were told that they took the soldiers’ boots as they left.”

Kouri is a major crossing point for goods entering or leaving Mali.

Mali has been embroiled in conflict since Islamist militias seized the north of the country in 2012 before being pushed back by French troops in 2013.

A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed groups has failed to restore stability.

Southern Mali, in particular, has been rocked by a string of attacks near the country’s border with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

In December last year, Mali’s security service said it had arrested four suspected jihadists who had been planning attacks in the three countries.

They were arrested near Koutiala, near the Burkina border, it said.

The four had taken part in a double attack in the capital Ouagadougou in March 2018 and in the kidnapping of a Colombian nun, Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti near Koutiala in February 2017, the security service said.

AFP

Explosion Kills Policemen In Egypt

Egyptian riot police block access to the street where the body of a suicide bomber lay covered in a sheet behind al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo on February 19, 2019.  Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

 

An explosion in Cairo on Monday killed two policemen who were chasing a man believed to have targeted security staff near a mosque last week, Egypt’s interior ministry said.

“As security surrounded the man and was set to arrest and control him, an explosive device in his possession went off,” the ministry said.

The blast in the crowded Darb al-Ahmar district in downtown Cairo also killed the bomber and injured three other policemen.

The man was being pursued as part of “efforts to search for the perpetrator” responsible for planting an explosive device near security staff close to a mosque in Giza on Friday, the ministry said.

Security had been able to defuse that device, the ministry said.

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Monday’s explosion took place near Al Azhar mosque at the heart of ancient Islamic Cairo, damaging several shops.

The site was cordoned off and reporters were not immediately allowed access to the area.

“My shop’s front and windows were destroyed,” said Kareem Sayed Awad, a barbershop owner. “Not only that, but people have died. This is a tourist area and such incidents affect it.”

Egypt’s tourism industry has been struggling to recover from attacks and domestic instability that has hit the country in the years following a 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.

In December three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide died when a homemade bomb exploded on their bus on the outskirts of Cairo, near the famed pyramids in Giza.

Authorities have been seeking to lure tourists back by touting new archaeological discoveries and bolstering security around archaeological sites and in airports.

Tourism has slowly started picking up. The official statistics agency says tourist arrivals in Egypt in 2017 reached 8.3 million, up from 5.3 million the year before.

But that figure was still far short of the record influx in 2010 when over 14 million visitors flocked to the country.

Egypt has also for years been battling an Islamist insurgency, which deepened following the military’s ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The attacks have been mainly concentrated in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula but have also spread to the mainland.

In February 2018, security forces launched a major anti-militant operation focused on the Sinai Peninsula, aimed at wiping out a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

On Saturday, an attack on an Egyptian army checkpoint in north Sinai left 15 soldiers dead or wounded and seven of the suspected jihadist assailants killed, according to the military.

AFP

Naval, Police Officers Wounded As Communities Clash In Kwara

Pictures from the boundary dispute in Kwara State

 

Three policemen and a naval officer were wounded on Wednesday as a result of the ongoing boundary dispute between Offa and Ijagbo communities in Kwara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi, told journalists that the wounded security officers have since been treated and discharged.

According to the police spokesperson, no life was lost in the attack.

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Explaining the how the dispute started, Okasanmi said both communities have been in the boundary dispute for many years.

This existing feud he revealed snowballed into crisis on Wednesday when some youths from Ijagbo started firing gunshots during a truce meeting called by the Chairmen of both Oyun and Offa local governments.

Policemen Okasanmi said further have been drafted to restore normalcy to the two communities with arrests made while those found guilty he promised, will be dealt with according to law.

 

Photo of a building situated in the area where the clash took place

Four Policemen Missing After Suspected Herdsmen Ambush Police Team In Benue

 

The Police have declared four of its personnel missing after suspected herdsmen have ambushed a police mobile force patrol team in Ayilemo in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

During the ambush, the attackers set one of the patrol vehicles ablaze.

The attack occurred when the team were returning from an operation in some villages in the local government.

Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the attack, adding that a search is on for the missing officials.

Owoseni said the attack occurred around 2:30 pm.

“The Command would like to report that in furtherance of its confidence-building strategy and strengthening its visibility, Police Mobile Force Teams conducted a robust patrol of Ayilemo in Logo LGA today, 10th February 2018,” he said.

“However, on their way back to their camp at about 1430hrs, they came under attack of a fully armed group suspected to be herdsmen. In the ensuing gun battle, one of the Police patrol vans caught fire”.

“Effort ongoing to locate Four of the Policemen who were not seen while headcount was conducted. Casualty on the side of the Insurgents is being ascertained. The Police will not be deterred or relent in its effort to ensure adequate security in areas under threat in the State.”

Cleric Calls For Peace As Four Policemen Die In Adamawa Herdsmen Attack

A Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has condemned the killing of at least four policemen by suspected herdsmen at Numan village in Adamawa state.

Most Reverend Okoh said Nigerians should embrace peace and unity irrespective of their religious or political leanings.

Speaking on Saturday concerning the attack, he said farmers and herdsmen need to be enlightened because Nigeria needs every individual in the country to build a stronger country.

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“They should educate themselves that they need other people because they need other people. We all need ourselves to build a powerful and stronger country,” he said.

He also said the Federal Government should come up with measures to reduce communal and religious crisis in the country.

Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar on Saturday confirmed the killing of four police officers while repelling an attack by armed and suspected Fulani herdsmen in Bolong village of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The attack according to sources started at about 9:00 am and lasted till 1:00 pm leaving the people with no alternative but to evacuate the town.

Numan, the administrative headquarters of Numan local government Council is a shadow of itself as residents have vacated the town for fear of an alleged reprisal attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen

Local residents who spoke with Channels Television said there had been  sustained gunfire involving suspected Fulani gunmen and members of the Police Force causing panic and mass exodus of residents of the area.

The Brigade Commander 23 Brigade,  Brigadier General Mohammadu Bello, who  also confirmed the attack said his men after receiving a distress call mobilised men to repel the attack.

He explains that the attackers were above 60 in number and well-armed that the army had to use RPG to subdue them.

At the Numan General Hospital where the body of the policemen killed during the attack were deposited, the Chief Nursing Officer Pwagwadi Nzadeino said four corpses were deposited in their morgue but one was later taken away.

The Adamawa State government in response describes the killings as unfortunate while the Governor Mohammed Jibrilla had since summoned a security meeting.

Islamist Attacker Stabs Tunisia Policemen Near Parliament

File Photo: Islamist Rebels

A hardline Islamist stabbed two Tunisian policemen on Wednesday in front of parliament, gravely wounding one of them, the interior ministry said.

“A Salafist attacked two policemen with a knife. One was struck on the forehead and the other stabbed in the neck and is in intensive care,” ministry spokesman Yasser Mesbah said, adding that the assailant had been arrested

Two Policemen, Naval Officer Paraded For Armed Robbery, Kidnap

The police in Kogi State has paraded about 20 suspected criminals for various criminal offences.

Among the suspects are two policemen, Corporal Suleiman Isiaka, Corporal Ibrahim James and one naval officer, Bature Habila who were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery.

The new Commissioner of Police Mr Ali Janga while parading the suspects at the Headquaters in Lokoja, said the suspects were arrested in various location in the state, while some of them, including the policemen and naval officer were arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping.

He said the policemen have been dismissed immediately.

“They are ex-policemen and naval personnel. They were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. We have tried them and we have dismissed them. They are facing the court as soon as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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One of the arrested policemen, former Corpral Isiaka explained how his colleague summoned him to engage in the kidnap while he attributed it to the work of the devil.

The arrested naval officer, Habila however denied knowledge of the crime, noting that he was framed up.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects include four AK 47, two beratal pistle, three pump automatic action ammunition, caterages and one smoke pistle, among others.

Gunmen Kill Three Policemen At Benin Zoo, Abduct CEO

Gunmen have killed three policemen who were posted to provide security for fun-seekers at the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The gunmen, who struck the zoo on Sunday evening, abducted the Chief Executive Officer of the zoo, Andrew Ehanire.

Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command, Moses Nkombe, confirmed the incident.

He said the Police Commissioner has ordered an investigation into the attack and gave the assurance that the kidnappers would be apprehended and prosecuted.

Nkombe also assured visitors to the zoo of their safety as security has been beefed up at the Zoo.

Gunmen Kill Security Personnel, Civilian In Bayelsa

Gunmen Kill Security Personnel, Civilian In Bayelsa
File photo

Gunmen have killed a policeman, an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and a civilian in Bayelsa State.

The assailants, suspected to be sea pirates, were said to have attacked an oil vessel conveying a team of security officials and civilians on Friday in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The attack was confirmed in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat.

“On September 22, 2017, at about 1845hrs, a Tugboat, towing a Barge with a combined team of policemen from the Nigerian Inland waterways, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, and civilians onboard were attacked by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw LGA, Bayelsa,” Butswat said.

He said that a reinforced team arrived shortly and rescued a policeman, three NSCDC personnel and four civilians while another personnel of the Police Command is missing.

“A policeman, one NSCDC personnel and a civilian were shot dead by the sea pirates (while) one policeman is still missing,” he added.

The Command’s spokesman said the corpses have been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre for autopsy while a search party has been deployed to recover the missing policeman.

He said all security operatives in Southern Ijaw LGA have been alerted and efforts were ongoing to arrest the culprits.