The federal government has been charged to constitute a judicial panel of inquiry to properly get to the recent killing of three serving policemen and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba state.
Giving the charge in a statement issued and circulated in Warri, a human rights group, the Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged (CENTREP), expressed doubts in the sincerity and ability of the Defense Headquarters to effectively do justice to the matter, citing failure of similar investigations in the past to produce results.
According to the statement by the Executive Director of CENTREP, Oghenejabor Ikimi, the response of the Presidency to the development had shown that government is not treating a potentially dangerous national security situation serious, demanding that the investigation be given the attention and seriousness it requires.
“The attention of members of the Centre for the vulnerable and the underprivileged, (Centrep) have been drawn to the recent dastard murder by soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba State of three serving Policemen attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team and a civilian and serious injuries to other Police operatives of the Team who were on investigation activities to Ibi, Taraba State to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu indicted in series of high profile kidnap incidents in the State and we condemn the said killings.
“We call on the federal government to institute a judicial panel of inquiry into same with a view to avoiding a repeat performance in the near future and to compensate the families of the fallen operatives and civilian.