JAJI BOMBINGS: Defence hqtrs sets up board of inquiry

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By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—Barely 24 hours after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika ordered the institution of a board of inquiry to investigate the bombings at the Military Protestant Church in Jaji that killed 15 people and injured scores, the Defence headquarters has ordered another investigative panel to carry out a separate investigation.

It will be recalled that the Armed Forces Command andStaffCollege, has both Army and Defence headquarters institutions co-located in premises including the Army’s Infantry Centre and School, The Counter-Terrorism Training Centre and the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Training Centre among others.

For DHQ, the AFCSC which is the institution for the training of middle level manpower for the armed forces including the Army Wing, Navy Wing and Airforce Wing, fall directly under the supervision of the Defence headquarters.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim who was in Jaji to inspect the St Andrew’s Military Protestant Church that was bombed on Sunday, November 25  2012 commiserated with the families of those affected in the unfortunate incident before addressing the Principal Staff Officers of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College and Infantry Centre and School.

He said a Board of Inquiry has been set up by the Chief of Defence Staff to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident.

Meanwhile, Vanguard has gathered that the entire officers and soldiers of both the Infantry Centre and School as well as the Command andStaffCollege are gripped with fear following the belief of the Army Chief, General Ihejirika and the CDS that negligence on the part of some officers led to the attack which should have been prevented.

According to sources, the excuse that the attackers moved in through porous surroundings emanating from the Maramban-Jos axis of the Cantonment which is a bushy expanse of land without perimeter fencing does not hold water, as steps would have been taken to ensure adequate patrol of the area.

Already, an uncompromising General Ihejirika has stated that there will be reorganization, readjustment and movement of certain persons for the sad event which is viewed seriously with regret.

Meanwhile, the Police inAbujahave arrested one of the five remaining detainees set free by the gunmen who attacked the headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) office inAbujain the early hours of Monday.

Consequently, only four of the escapee suspects are on the run but a manhunt of combing the nooks and crannies ofAbujafor them while all exit points are being screened by anti-riot and anti terrorists police personnel in search of the suspects.

Unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Militant Islamist sect, Boko Haram, had attacked the SARS office in the early hours of Monday leaving at least 4 persons dead, even as they set 30 suspects detained in the facility free.

The Force Spokesman, Mr. Frank Mbah disclosed the latest arrest in a telephone interview noting that 25 of the 30 fleeing suspects were re-arrested through  ‘tactical and coordinated efforts’ of the police leaving 5, one of who was arrested yesterday.

The spokesperson said efforts were on to ensure the arrest of others at large and the assailants, adding that some of the incriminating particulars left behind by the hoodlum were of immense assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

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