Wadume: Colleagues of slain officers decry delay in soldiers’ trial

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Some colleagues of policemen killed during the arrest of a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume in Taraba State, have started complaining against the delay in the prosecution of the suspects, three months after the killings.

It was learnt that inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa and two civilians, were killed during a confrontation with soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo road in Taraba state.

The officers described the delay in the investigation and further prosecution of those involved as demoralising.  One of the officers described the delay in prosecution of the suspects as demoralising, saying  “Our hearts cannot stop bleeding as the killers of our departed colleagues have not been punished.

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“It is unfortunate that the soldiers are in detention and no step has been taken to dismiss and hand them over to us for prosecution”. He said with the completion of the investigation by the Board of Inquiry  constituted to probe the matter, the suspects should have been handed over to the police for prosecution.

 “Yes, the captain and his colleagues are in detention in Adamawa but they have not been punished. Information at our disposal is that the captain is too connected and that nothing will come out of the case. Honestly, we are demoralised, the case is not been mentioned any longer.”

Another colleague of the slain police officers, said aside from the delay in the prosecution of the suspects, the five AK-47 rifles, three pistols and other belongings of the police officers confiscated by the military during the confrontation have also not been released.

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