- A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, says the defence headquarters is investigating the killing of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba state
- Garba Shehu dismisses the insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari is showing indifference on the issue
- The presidential spokesperson says Buhari is following due process and procedure before taking action on the issue
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is awaiting the outcome of the investigation by the defence headquarters into the killing of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba state before taking a decisive action on the issue.
Garba Shehu who made the disclosure on Twitter on Monday, August 12, also dismissed the insinuation that the president is showing indifference on the issue.
The presidential aide said Buhari had ordered the chief of defence staff to set up an investigating committee with representatives from all the security organisations in the country, including the police force to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of the policemen.
He said the president was following due process and procedure and is not indifferent to the unfortunate incident as being suggested by some Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army officer who gave the order for the killing of three police officers and a civilian who were transporting a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala Wadume, have been arrested.
Vanguard reports that the officer, a captain, was arrested by the army on Sunday, August 11, night after he was invited by the panel set up to investigate the incident for questioning.
A source within the army said the kidnap suspect was freed by some soldiers - along Ibi-Wukari road - who were allegedly compromised.
It was also gathered that the captain ordered the soldiers to shot at the bus conveying Wadume with an instruction that no police officer in the vehicle escapes while the kidnap suspect is freed.
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