- The families of Inspector Mark Ediale and Olajide Owolabi are still mourning the death of the sons at the hands of soldiers
- The families have demanded for justice over the killings of three policemen and a civilian at the hands of soldiers in Taraba state
- The families say there must be thorough investigation by the Nigerian authorities and the international community
The families of Inspector Mark Ediale and Olajide Owolabi have demanded for justice over the killings of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba state.
After allegedly killing three soldiers and a civilian, the soldiers were said to have freed a kidnapper identified as Alhaji Hamisu Wadume in the custody of the policemen, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that spokesman of the police, DCP Frank Mba, gave the names of the slain policemen as Inspector Mark Ediale from Edo state, Sergeant Usman Danzumi from Taraba state and Sergeant Dahiru Musa also from Taraba state.
Expressing regret over the death of Mark Ediale, the latter's elder brother, Andrew Ediale, said there must be thorough investigation by the Nigerian authorities and the international community.
He stated this at a press conference which was also attended Owolabi's aunt, Joy Danlami.
Ediale said: "We vehemently speak against the perpetrators of this heinous act; we demand thorough investigation, not only by the Nigerian authorities but by an international and independent body as well.
“So that justice should be done, we want justice. The same army that is charged with protecting the citizens of this country are the perpetrators of this barbaric act.
“Our question is who are these soldiers working for? Whose side are they on? and whose payroll are these military personnel on? These are the many questions we demand answers for.
“Why was the kidnapper released. The police have done their job, apprehended the kidnapper, on their way back to Abuja, army operatives unleashed fire, it was the hail of these gunshots that cut down all these gallant police officers.”
“We demand to know why? And why the kidnapper was released, and the effort of the gallant police officers was not only compromised, their life was equally cut short, we demand justice."
Legit.ng previously reported 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 (IRT) had been identified.
Police investigation carried out so far revealed that telephone conversations between the kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, alias Wadume and the captain, were about 191 within the space of one month between July 9 and August 6.
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