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Identities of police officers killed by soldiers revealed



The Nigeria police has released the names and photographs of the three officers shot dead by soldiers while taking an arrested kidnap kingpin to the police headquarters in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

They have been identified as, Inspector Mark-Ediale, Sergeant Dahiru Musa, and Sergeant Usman Danzumi.

Frank Mba, force spokesman, had announced on Wednesday that some soldiers opened fire on the deceased officers along Ibi-Jalingo road in the state.

Three policemen and a civilian lost their lives while many officers sustained injuries in the incident.

Mba said the operatives were in Taraba to arrest one suspect simply identified as Hamisu. He said the suspect had been “indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state”, adding that the soldiers set the suspect free after attacking the policemen.

In a tweet on Thursday, the police released the identities of the men who died in the line of duty.

The picture was accompanied with the message: “Where is Espirt De Corps”.

Espirt De Corps is a feeling of mutual loyalty shared among security operatives.

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Meanwhile, Vincent Maxwell, an assistant superintendent of police, also stated that the deceased were among the best on the inspector-general of police’s intelligence response team (IRT).

Reacting to the incident in a post shared by Abba Kyari, head of the IRT, Maxwell said the deceased were responsible securing the arrest of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, suspected billionaire kidnapper.

He said they were also part of the team that apprehended over 20 members of the Boko Haram insurgent group responsible for the abduction of over 200 students from Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok, Borno state in 2014.

They were also said to have been involved in the arrest of Umar Abdulmalik, a Boko Haram commander suspected to be the mastermind of the bombings in Nyanya and Kuje areas of Abuja in 2015.

Kyari added that they were part of the team that secured the release of Musa Umar, father-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide de camp (ADC), who was kidnapped in May.

“They similarly participated in the arrest of Umar Abdulmalik, overall Boko Haram Commander Of North Central, Nigeria and several of his group members,” Kyari said.

“They arrested the kidnappers of two American and two Canadian citizens in Kaduna State and most recently, they took part in the rescue of Magajin Garin Daura in Kano State during which 13 suspects who carried out the abduction were arrested in Kano.

“And most recently, the rescue Of Magajin Garin Daura in Kano State and arrest of the 13 terrorists responsible for kidnapping the Magajin Garin Daura in his home town Daura town Katsina state on the 1/5/19, among many other outstanding records of the team.”

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