The Nigeria Police Force is raising concern that soldiers behind the killing of their men, who arrested suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, and freed the suspect may cover their tracks by murdering him, Punchng.com reports.
To recap, three policemen, namely Inspector Mark Ediale, Sgt. Usman Danzumi, Sgt. Dahiru Musa and a civilian were killed by soldiers manning a military check point along Ibi-Jalingo Road in Taraba State last Tuesday.
The slain officers had arrested Wadume and placed him in handcuff but despite identifying themselves their killers insisted that they were kidnappers.
It later emerged that the kidnap suspect was a millionaire and was generous with his money to the point he was ordained the Seriki Sanmori(Head of youths) of Ibi community.
The paper said it gleaned information from sources in the police force up to speed with the situation that soldiers with link to Wadume may be hunting for him with the view to eliminate him so as to prevent him from singing canary and incriminating them in the event massive manhunt launched for him by the police materialised.
The publication quoted a police source as saying: “We have a deep suspicion that the soldiers deliberately killed the policemen to protect Wadume whom we suspect they were trying to protect and that explains why someone who was placed in handcuffs and leg chains could escape from the armed soldiers. Is it not ironical?
“That is why the police would not leave anything to chance to get to Wadume first before the military, because chances are that they might kill him to protect their connection to those soldiers who killed their fellow security suspect to protect a kidnap kingpin.”
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