Troopers are known as “kill and go” in native parlance. This unflattering description speaks volumes about how they function, and what the general public thinks about how they function.

However the 10 troopers accused of killing policemen who had arrested alleged kidnap kingpin Bala Hamisu, also called Wadume, in Taraba State, shouldn’t be allowed to get off scot-free if they’re responsible.

It’s curious that the troopers weren’t in courtroom on June eight and 22, to face trial with Wadume and others who have been arraigned.

The police operatives had arrested Wadume , in Ibi, Taraba State, and have been taking him to Jalingo, the state capital, in a bus, when troopers at a checkpoint allegedly killed them.

The police had described the trio of Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeant Usman Danzumi and Sergeant Dahiru Musa, as one of many “finest and most extremely skilled IRT groups” within the nation.

The police mentioned the troopers had opened fireplace on the officers, who have been members of the Intelligence Response Workforce (IRT) of Inspector-Basic of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu , regardless of proof that they have been on reliable responsibility.

The killing of those three police detectives, and two civilians, allegedly by troopers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Military, Takum, Taraba State, occurred on August 6, 2019.

Wadume had escaped. When he was re-arrested in Kano State two weeks later, he mentioned the troopers “took me to their headquarters and lower off {the handcuffs} from my palms and set me free.”

In a stunning confession, he revealed that he carried out his legal actions in collaboration with troopers and policemen, together with a military captain who allegedly ordered the assault on the IRT operatives, which led to his escape.

Legal professional-Basic of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), in a press release by his media assistant, Umar Jubrilu Gwandu, mentioned the accused troopers have been unavailable for trial as a result of they “should be launched by the navy authorities.”

The navy authorities haven’t clarified the scenario. Why have the accused troopers not been launched for the trial on the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja? This shouldn’t be a case of kill and go scot-free.

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), appearing on behalf of the household of one of many killed policemen, Inspector Mark Ediale, had in a letter to the AGF dated June 15, 2020, demanded the arrest and prosecution of the accused troopers inside seven days. Falana threatened to take “acceptable motion” if this didn’t occur.

The story is creating. This shouldn’t be a case of kill and go scot-free.

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