Police, DHQ speak on alleged arrests over Taraba killings

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The police stated this in response to reports (not in The Guardian) that two policemen working at the Ibi Division in Taraba State were arrested by the panel set up by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the killings, for allegedly leaking information to the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, of plans to arrest him.

The panel was also reported to have ordered the arrest of five soldiers who were at the army checkpoint. It was further reported that 60 people alleged to be working for the suspected kidnap kingpin were on the run.

The panel was said to have also dismantled the two army checkpoints along the road where the killings occurred while the bodies of those killed had been conveyed to Abuja.A source was quoted as saying that among those being hunted were drivers of commercial vehicles and motorcycles belonging to the kidnap suspect.

But when The Guardian contacted the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, he denied knowledge of the arrest of any policeman by the army investigative panel in respect of the matter.

The Director of Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who also said he was not aware of the arrest of any police officer because he was not a member of the army investigative panel, added that Nigerians should be concerned with the outcome of the probe.

Nwachukwu, who noted that the seven-man panel had a timeline to conclude its findings, said the duration could be extended to ensure that a thorough job was done. According to him, the panel headed by Rear Admiral I.T Olaiya has representatives from the army, navy, air force, police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).

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