Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin

The Board of Inquiry set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has recommended sanctions for five officers of the Nigerian Army and the Police over the killing of three policemen and one civilian in Ibi, Taraba State.

Concise News reports that the Board of Inquiry was put together at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the killings in Taraba on August 6, 2019.

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The seven-member panel, led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, in a statement issued by the DHQ on Tuesday, identified and recommended that the officers should be investigated and face necessary disciplinary measures.

The board, in a statement by the DHQ on Tuesday, identified the officers to face disciplinary sanctions to include; Captain Tijani Balarabe, Sergeant Ibrahim Mohammed, Corporal Bartholomew Obanye of the Ibi Police Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Aondoona Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu Dadje.

The panel said the officers must be taken through “necessary disciplinary measures.”

It was also recommended that further investigation be conducted on Hamisu Bala, the Taraba kidnap kingpin, for gunrunning.

Additionally, the board also recommended that the Services and other security agencies establish an Interagency Liaison Desk to include senior officers for the timely resolution of future misdemeanor.

The statement read: “After a thorough and painstaking investigation into the incident, the BOI submitted its report to the convening authority observing that, there were infractions and poor communication between personnel of the NPF and troops of the NA.

“It was also observed that there was non-adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure by both parties involved in the incident.

“It was also recommended that further investigation be conducted on Hamisu Bala for gunrunning and possibly kidnapping, in order to prosecute the suspect.”