Taraba killing: DHQ releases report, recommends sanction for erring Army personnel


By Ayodele Ariyo, Abuja

The Board of Inquiry investigating the killing of three police personnel and two civilians in Taraba State has finally submitted its report.

In a statement released by Actiang Director Defence Information, Colonel Oyema Nwachukwu, said the board observed that there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the Nigerian Police Force and troops of the Nigerian Army.

They also observed that there was non-adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure by both parties involved in the incident.

The Board further made some recommendations to the Nigerian Army  and the Police to forestall future reoccurrence and bring anyone culpable to book in accordance with extant laws.

It will be  recall that on 6 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 Nigerian Army broke out. This gave rise to serious concern by the Federal government, the military and police high command.

The incident which started from Ibi town, following an alarm alleging the kidnap of one Alhaji Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume) by some individuals in a Hummer bus, which alerted Captain Tijani Balarabe informed all military checkpoints along Ibi-Wukari Road, who sprang into action.

The statement said the alleged Hummer bus mentioned in the distress call however conveyed Police personnel of the IGP Intelligence 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 however  recommended that the Army and Police 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 possibly kidnapping, in  order to prosecute the suspect.

The team recommended that the Services and other security agencies establish an Interagency Liaison Desk to include senior officers for timely resolution of future misdemeanor.

the Directive of the  Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari for an immediate investigation into the unfortunate incident that led to the killing of 3 Nigerian Police Force (NPF) personnel and 2 civilians by troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

The Spokesman said the Defence Headquarters once again assured the public that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are working in synergy to tackle contemporary security challenges be-deviling the nation.

Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Olonisakin constituted a Board of Inquiry  to  investigate the incident.

The 7 member 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.


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