The Nigerian Police has reacted to the Press Release issued by the Army on the incident involving army officials wherein they killed three police officials who were on a covet mission in Taraba State.
In a release titled ”Setting The Record Straight – Where Is The ”Rescued” Notorious Kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume?”, the Police has asked the Nigerian Army to provide answers to some salient questions that arises from its statement on the incident.
Reacting via a tweet thread, the Nigerian Police says the onus is on the Army to provide answers to these questions and these are:
Where is the notorious kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume ‘rescued’ by the soldiers?
How and why was Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume released by the soldiers?
How could a kidnap suspect properly restrained with handcuffs by the Police escape from the hands of his military rescuers?
If Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume is a ‘‘victim of kidnap’’ as claimed, and properly rescued by soldiers, why was he not taken to the Army Base for documentation purposes and debriefing in line with the Standard Operating Procedure in the Nigerian Army?
Why were the Police Operatives shot at close range even after they had identified themselves as Police Officers on legitimate duty as evident in the video now in circulation?
Meanwhile, Nigerians have also been reacting to the issue. A twitter user @alexisobi4 opined that the Nigeria police should go to court and get an order to detain the army chief for 90 days to enable them investigate the matter now while another @onyekadyke says the matter should be taken to President Buhari and better still be reported to @segalink saying that the social media trial won’t achieve much like the police too would tell Nigerians.
Below are a few other reactions as monitored by Opera News:
Abeg carry your cross don't disturb us,your men has been killing innocent citizens and nothing was done
— Elugulu1 (@Elugulu1) August 8, 2019
Police will extort and kill innocent citizens, Army will kill police… funny country… #Karma#
— Angello (@Ezekieltrusted) August 8, 2019
If we stand behind them now, they may be more likely to stand behind us in the critical moments. Show them who their real allies are. They are us, we are them; all suffering together in this place called Nigeria.
— Obinna J. Ukwuani (@Oukwuani) August 8, 2019
The first statement from @PoliceNG was really unnecessary. This ought to have been sorted out in house. The statement from @HQNigerianArmy was equally unnecessary.After ascertaining that those your men murdered were service men.Why still refer to them with such derogatory words?
— Obansa P. S (@Piusobansa) August 8, 2019
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