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Board of Inquiry says further investigation will be carried out regarding Taraba killings

After a thorough and painstaking investigation into the killing of three Nigeria Police Personnel, and civilian by the troop of the Nigerian Army in Taraba state, the Board of Inquiry submitted its report to the convening authority observing that, there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the NPF and troops of the Nigerian Army.

 It was also observed that there was non-adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure by both parties involved in the incident. The Board made  recommendations to the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Police Force  to forestall future re-occurrence and bring anyone culpable to book in accordance with extant laws.

Acting Director Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu made the disclosure in a press release duly signed by him.

The Board of Inquiry also recommended that the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force should further investigate Captain Tijani Balarabe, Sergeant Ibrahim Mohammed, Corporal Bartholomew Obanye, DCO Ibi Police Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police Aondoona  Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu Dadje for complacency and necessary disciplinary measures.

It was also recommended that further investigation be conducted on Hamisu Bala for gunrunning and possible kidnapping, in order to prosecute the suspect.

The Chief of Defense Staff General AG Olonisakin constituted a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to investigate the incident. The 7 member BOI led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Taiwo Olaiya as chairman, comprised one representative each from the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Police and Department of State Service.

Recall that on  the 6th of  August 2019, reports of the sad killing of 3 police men and 2 civilians in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State by troops of the NA broke out.

It  gave rise to serious concern by the Federal government, the military and police high command. The incident started from Ibi town, following an alarm alleging the kidnap of one Alhaji Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume) by some individuals in a Hummer bus. Captain Tijani Balarabe informed all military checkpoints along Ibi-Wukari Road, who sprang into action.

The alleged Hummer bus mentioned in the distress call however conveyed Police personnel of the IGP-IRT who were on a legitimate duty in Taraba State. Also, military checkpoints in the area were deployed by troops of Headquarters 93 Battalion, Takum, who were equally on legitimate duty to checkmate communal clashes, kidnapping and armed robbery, which were prevalent threats in Wukari – Ibi area.  The Board of Inquiry recommended that the Services and other security agencies establish an Interagency Liaison Desk to include senior officers for timely resolution.

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