Authorities have transferred the bodies of the three policemen who were killed last Wednesday by soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo road in Taraba state while on covert operation, to Abuja the nation’s capital, as investigation continues into the sordid incident.
The bodies of Inspector Mark Edaile, Sgt. Usman Danzumi and Sgt Dahiru Musa, which arrived the nation’s capital in three separate caskets loaded in an ambulance, from Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, on Sunday morning, were deposited at the Garki General Hospital.
Described as The Stars of the Force, the police authorities, said the personnel of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT), were among the most disciplined, proficient and hardworking police investigators in the service of the country.
They were killed along with one civilian allegedly at close range by the military personnel mounting guard along the road, in circumstances that have raised a serious exchange between the two forces, with the police inferring that the action was delibrate.
According to a police statement, the slain men had participated in several high profile and high risk arrests, rescue missions and investigative operations. They were credited with the arrest of Nigeria’s most notorious kidnap kingpin, Evans, the arrest of 20 Boko Haram terrorists responsible for the 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok School Girls in Borno State, the arrest of UMAR Abdulmalik, the overall Boko Haram Commander of North Central Nigeria and several of his group members.
Police also said the slain men were involved in the arrest of the kidnappers of two American and two Canadian citizens in Kaduna State.
“And most recently, the rescue of Magajin Garin Daura in Kano State and arrest of the thirteen terrorists responsible for the kidnapping of the Magajin Garin Daura in his home town Daura, Katsina State on 1 May 2019, among many other outstanding feats”, police spokesman Frank Mba said.