A mild-drama ensued at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday, as it was established that one of the policemen killed by soldiers in Taraba State after arresting a suspected millionaire kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, last week, got the commendation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai, for assisting the Nigeria Army in June 2016.
This came on a day the families of the three operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and a civilian killed in the attack, tasked the federal government to ensure justice was done in the issue.
Vanguard learned that Inspector Edaile Mark, 36, was part of a team of Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, deployed to Kaduna State by the then Inspector -General of Police, Solomon Arase, to track and arrest killers of a serving officer of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was abducted in Kamazo area of Kaduna State. His corpse was found two days later at Ajyaif community of Kaduna State.
His corpse was found two days later at Ajyaif community of Kaduna State.
IMN had been wrongly accused of involvement
The Nigerian Army had suspected that Col. Inusa, who was with his wife at the time he was kidnapped, was abducted and killed by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ites, following their December 2015 clash with the Nigerian Army in Zaria.
Vanguard gathered that Inspector Mark and his colleagues spent three months in Kaduna State hunting down killers of the Army Colonel, who was the Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji , Kaduna State.
They made a breakthrough when they trailed and arrested a user of the Army Colonel’s, mobile phone.
The arrest It was learned that Inspector Mark and his team succeeded in arresting four members of the gang who kidnapped and killed the Army colonel and recovered all their operational arms and ammunition.
The arrest of the suspects was said to have brought succour to the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff, Burutai, who promptly wrote a letter of commendation to then Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, thanking him and his men at the IRT.