The presidency has said it was working to resolve the rift between the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army over the killings of three policemen in Taraba by personnel of the Army.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said, that a “committee was set up during the National Security Council meeting to investigate” the matter. He said that the Presidency would not be in a haste to take decisions without full understanding of the matter.
Going into the details: It is not clear whether the panel set up by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has commenced its investigations because of the Salah holidays; however, reports have it that the parallel investigative panel set up by the Police has already begun its work.
Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu also corroborated the presidency’s position. According to him, the joint security panel has begun its task. The panel led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya is drawn from the Army, Navy, Airforce, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of State Services and the Police.
There was no communication as to the time frame for the assignment.
What has happened so far:
- Soldiers involved in the incident in Taraba have been arrested and transferred to Abuja for questioning
- The Captain who ordered the killing has been interrogated
- DHQ has issued marching order to Taraba battalion to ensure the arrest of the notorious kidnap kingpin (Alhaji Hamisu) who was freed in the process of the attack
- Army Chief sends memo to traveling soldiers to be dressed in “mufti” to avoid escalation with Police.