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Taraba killings: Joint security panel worried over Wadume video

…As DDI summons emergency meeting of FOSSRA

The panel set up by the military high command to look into strained inter-agency relations between the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police is worried over a trending video of the purported confession of the re-arrested notorious kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, in police custody.

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Hamisu Wadume

The panel was constituted by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari asking the military to investigate the killing of three policemen and two civilians in Taraba State by soldiers.

The trending video revealed Wadume confessing that the Army took him to their base and had his handcuff removed through the effort of a welder before he escaped after his initial arrest by the police.

A member of the panel from the intelligence service told PRNigeria  in confidence that Wadume’s purported confession had put the military high command in bad light, stressing that the new development should have been ironed out with the police high command since the investigation was ongoing.

The member said: “We are seriously disturbed and alarmed by the latest video on the purported confession of the re-arrested kingpin, Wadume, while in the custody of the police.

“Though it is a commendable effort for the re-arrest of the kidnap kingpin, the video recording of the alleged confession of Wadume while the panel is still conducting its investigation, is quite worrisome as efforts are being put in place to ensure smooth relations between the military and the police before the offending confession.

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“Though our panel was inaugurated on Friday, August 9, which had an initial one-week deadline, we have been mandated to continue and conclude the probe as soon as possible.

‘’The arrest of Wadume would definitely shed light on our investigation, considering the volume of arrests and interrogations so far.”

The Joint Security Panel headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, has representatives of the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of State Services, DSS, and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that the Chairman of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies, FOSSRA, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, has summoned an emergency meeting of the forum to discuss issues on inter-agency cooperation.

In an invitation notice to the member agencies, Colonel Nwachukwu, who is also the Director Defence Information, said:  “The special meeting is sequel to a decision reached at the meeting of CDS with service chiefs and head of security and intelligence agencies on the need for spokesperson/Directors of Information to hold regular meeting to harmonise positions and address joint press conferences to inform the public on efforts of security agencies in addressing security challenges  in the country and other relevant issues.”

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