The Nigeria Police Force have released the names and photographs of the three officers shot dead by soldiers in Taraba State.
The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, had announced the tragic incident on Wednesday, narrating how some soldiers opened fire on the deceased officers along Ibi-Jalingo road in the state.
The fallen officers are Usman Danzumi, a sergeant; Dahiru Musa, a sergeant; and Mark Ediale, an inspector.
Mba said the operatives were in Taraba to arrest one suspect simply identified as Hamisu. He said the suspect had been “indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state”, adding that the soldiers set the suspect free after attacking the policemen.
Also reacting, the Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that the killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba State by soldiers was unfortunate.
The Acting Director Of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said the troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army while responding to a distressed call to rescue a kidnapped victim, exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.
He added that the soldiers pursued and exchanged fire with some persons suspected to be kidnappers but it turned out they were members of an intelligence response team on a covert operation from Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.
However, in a tweet on Thursday, the police released the identities of the men who died in the line of duty.
The picture was accompanied with the message: “Where is Espirit De Corps”.
Espirit De Corps is a feeling of mutual loyalty shared among security operatives.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) August 8, 2019