Nigerian newspaper review for Wednesday, August 14: Army captain had 191 phone chats with wanted kidnapper

Nigerian newspaper review for Wednesday, August 14: Army captain had 191 phone chats with wanted kidnapper

The Nigerian newspaper headlines for Wednesday, August 14, leads with the news that the Nigerian Army captain who allegedly ordered soldiers in Taraba to attack and kill police operatives had about 191 phone conversations with kidnap kingpin, Wadume within the space of one month.

Nigerian newspaper This Day reports that the police dismissed a memo issued by the Nigerian Army warning officers and men to steer clear of police personnel over fear of likely reprisal in the wake of last week’s killing of three policemen by soldiers in Taraba state.

This Day newspaper of Wednesday, August 14

This Day newspaper of Wednesday, August 14
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According to the police, the army needs to take responsibility for the actions of its men instead of alarming its personnel.

Recall that the Nigerian Army had warned its personnel to be careful in their dealings in with policemen and to travel in mufti.

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Vanguard newspaper of Wednesday, August 14
Source: UGC

Nigerian newspaper Vanguard reports that the Nigerian Army Captain who allegedly ordered soldiers on security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo Expressway in Taraba State, to attack and kill police operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team has been identified.

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Vanguard gathered that police investigation carried out so far has revealed that telephone conversations between the kidnap kingpin, Wadume and the captain were about 191 within the space of one month between July 9, 2019 and August 6, 2019. The source explained that the police authorities believed that the army captain might have been providing cover for the kidnapper, who is said to have received hundreds of millions as ransom from his victims

Guardian newspaper of Wednesday, August 14

Guardian newspaper of Wednesday, August 14
Source: UGC

The Nigeria Police Force denied knowledge of the arrest of any of its personnel over the killing of three policemen in Taraba state by soldiers.

The police stated this in response to reports that two policemen working at the Ibi Division in Taraba state were arrested by the panel set up by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the killings, for allegedly leaking information to the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, of plans to arrest him.

Punch newspaper of Wednesday, August 14

Punch newspaper of Wednesday, August 14
Source: UGC

Nigerian newspaper The Punch reports that one person was killed on Tuesday while many others were injured in a clash between the police and some youths in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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The incident, which occurred at the Aba Park, off the Owerri/Onitsha Road, paralysed activities in the area for many hours.

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