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Thursday, 15 August 2019

KILLING OF POLICE OFFICERS BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY IN TARABA: BRIGADE COMMANDER SHOULD BE ARRESTED

KILLING OF POLICE OFFICERS BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY IN TARABA: BRIGADE COMMANDER SHOULD BE ARRESTED

The ongoing nefarious activities of the Nigerian army in smack of gross criminality as officers stationed in Takum, Taraba State, obviously demonstrated the fact that they are in complicit enterprise with the notorious Fulani kingpin, Alhaji Wadume. They gruesomely killed police officers of Special Intelligence Unit, deployed from the office of the Inspector General, Abuja. They were detailed for a Sting Operation against the notorious kidnapper, before they were gunned down by officers of the Nigerian army. It is incumbent upon the Inspector General of Police therefore, to order the immediate arrest of the concerned soldiers and their Brigade Commander, for detailed investigations to be carried out into the incident. There is this urgent need for the arrest and prosecution of the soldiers involved as the notorious cum grossly unprofessional Nigerian army has gone berserk in virtually all the states in Nigeria, killing the innocent. This is in sharp contrast with civilized national armies globally who fight for the defense and protection of both their territorial integrity and peoples.  The Inspector General of the Nigerian Police must have to activate the constitutional powers conferred on the institution to appropriately combat crime and criminality no matter whose ox is gored. All the Nigerian army officers involved in this dastardly act alongside their brigade commander, have to be decisively dealt with as a deterrent to other vampires in army uniform, against future occurrences.

The Inspector General of Police should also note the hurried manner in which the arrested kidnap kingpin of Fulani extraction was released by the soldiers, who was not just chained by his captors but equally handcuffed by the police. The criminal involvement of the Nigerian soldiers in this show of shame, speaks volumes. If really there was any distress call alerting the soldiers of kidnap activities in town that prompted the gruesome murder of the so-called "kidnappers" that subsequently became police officers detailed for Sting Operation from the office of the Inspector General of Police, which one is ideally and professionally right for the soldiers? Is it okay to immediately release the captive from the police or take him into custody? In fact, everything surrounding the police officers killing saga by the soldiers, is a clear evidence that the Nigerian army is presently neck deep into criminality including highways armed robbery and kidnapping.

These crimes being committed by these officers at checkpoints on highways, major roads and streets, are indicative of the fact that the soldiers have really outstayed their usefulness and therefore should be ordered back to the barracks. The constitutional duties of the Police and Civil Defence in providing internal security for the citizens have been hijacked and bastardized by the Nigerian army. The army is only constitutionally commissioned to protect the territorial integrity of the country from external  aggression. The distress call that brought them into the scene would not have been if the police were allowed to perform it's duties.  The man-hours being daily wasted by the Nigerian soldiers outside the barracks and insurgency hot spots in the North-East on civil related concerns have very shamefully turned them into criminals and terrorists contrary to their professional/statutory mandate. If the Inspector General of Police fails therefore to decisively deal with thes uniformed culprits in the Nigerian army that orchestrated this police officers assassination, it will then reposition and empower the soldiers to carry on with their killing spree at the slightest provocation, with the corrupt mindset that nothing will absolutely happen.

The authorities of the Nigerian police force must institute the arrest and prosecution of these trigger-happy, gravely unprofessional Fulani soldiers involved in this callous criminal activity even if the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai is implicated. The arrest will most definitely aid police investigation into the very root cause of the entire saga. It is important that the Inspector General of Police recalls that in the time past, retired General Theophilus Danjuma had accused the Nigerian army based on his findings pertaining it's complicity with the Fulani killer herdsmen and other Fulani Islamic criminals, in terrorising and killing law abiding citizens of Taraba State. This was flatly denied by the same Nigeria army. But it is now evidently clear that the vampiric killing of the police officers by the soldiers for their arrest of a hardened Fulani kidnapper whom they equally released, has confirmed the revelation of retired General Theophilus Danjuma.

The ball is presently in the court of the Nigerian police to courageously activate the provision of the law in dealing with this heinous crime shamelessly and criminally perpetrated by a supposed disciplined Nigerian army.

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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