Army vs Police: Former CP wades in, calls for calm

Army vs Police: Former CP wades in, calls for calm

- Abubakar Tsav, a former commissioner of Police, has called for calm in the ongoing fight between the Nigerian Army and Police over killing of some officers in Taraba state

- Tsav urged the parties involved to end all media fireworks

- The former Police commissioner also said the focus should be placed on apprehending the escaped kidnapper who was being transported by the officers before the Soldiers shot at them

A former commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Abubakar Tsav, has called for calm in the ongoing controversy between the Nigeria Police and the Army over killing of officer transporting a kidnap kingpin.

Tsav on Friday, August 9, called on both parties to end the growing media fireworks while the presidential committee of inquiry investigates the root cause of the incident.

Appealing to the Nigeria Police to cease further attacks on the Army, which he described as a sister agency and partner in progress, Tsav called for the arrest of the escaped kidnap suspect, Hamisu Wadume.

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Tsav also advised that the Police must enforce identifiable uniforms by men and officers embarking on special operations in order to avoid such misfortune in the future.

"I am saddened by the avoidable death of three members of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force another civilian under circumstances that are now the subject of an investigation ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari," Tsav said.

The former CP said the accusations and counter accusations between the Army and the Police is encouraging kidnappers, terrorists and bandits and giving them the impression that those tasked with getting rid of them are at loggerheads and in disarray.

Tsav also said that the energy being channelled into the media fight would better directed at continuing with tackling the security breaches confronting the country even as the nation seeks answers to what transpired.

He said the focus of the parties involved should be on getting full closure by leveraging the investigation ordered by the president to get to the bottom of what happened.

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"From my experience as a retired police officer, the death of colleagues in the line of duty is saddening and depressing with the emotional toll becoming heavier when the loss of life is as result of friendly fire," Tsav said.

He added that: "The deceased members of the IRT, Insp. Mark Edaile, Sgt. Usman Danzumi, and Sgt. Dahiru Musa died in an encounter with soldiers of the Nigerian Army. It is a situation that provokes a long string of regrets as survivors and authorities contemplate what could have been done differently."

He also appealed to President Buhari to direct the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army to cease their ongoing media war.

"My thoughts are with families, colleagues and loved ones of the bereaved as I pray that God grants peaceful repose to their souls," Tsav concluded.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian Police visited the scene of the killing of three of its officers and a civilian who were killed by some soldiers in Ibi-Wukari road in Taraba state.

The visit was done by a team of investigative panel on Friday, August 9. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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