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Taraba Killings: Leaked Memo Deepens Rift Between Army, Police

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A leaked memo from the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai directing soldiers to henceforth be circumspect in their dealings with the Police over the Taraba incident might have deepened disaffection within the military and security forces, The Nation has reports.

Buratai, in a memo signed on his behalf by Brig.-Gen. Felix Omoigui, directed all troops on IS (Internal Security) duty as well as personnel travelling in and out of uniform to be circumspect in their conduct to avoid escalation of the problem.

“Consequently, formations and unit commanders are to educate troops to be cautious in their dealings with members of the NP in view of this development. Troops traveling on the pass are to endeavor to do so in mufti,” the memo dated 9th August which was reportedly dispatched to different army formations across the country stated.

But a source confirmed the said memo was leaked to the media by the Police to create tension within the security circles and continue to put the Army on the defensive over the matter.

The source said unless the Presidency steps up efforts to douse tension and acrimony created by the Taraba incident, the two security institutions would henceforth be working at cross purposes, a development that would render the works of the investigative panels “as dead on arrival”.

Already the Defence Headquarters has set up a joint investigative panel headed by Rear Admiral I. T. Olaiya and has a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, the Nigerian Police, the Department of State Security (DSS) and Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu also set up a probe panel headed by an Assistant Inspector General of Police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killings of the three police detectives by troops of 93 Battalion, Takum.

Even though the Nigerian Army, through its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, said the killings were in error, a response from the police spokesman, Frank Mba raising fresh posers for the Army on circumstances surrounding the incident and the escape of a suspected kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, immediately put the Army on the defensive.

The impression was thus created that the killings of the police undercover agents were deliberate.

The Army authorities have since refused to answer inquiries on the matter, insisting that there was no need to give further clarifications on the issues raised by the Police Force Public Relations Officer, DSP Frank Mba.

However, fearing that the heightened tensions between the two security agencies may degenerate further, the army said in the leaked memo that its officer must be careful in their encounters with men and officers of the Nigerian police.

However, a security source maintained that the damage has already being done considering the way and manner the Police have been taking the matter.

The source expressed worry that the development would not only create a gap in joint operations but would deepen disaffection and suspicion within the ranks and file of the security institutions notwithstanding the outcome of the investigative panels from both sides.

The source advised that the Presidency could yet prevent further damage and acrimony by setting up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the matter and enjoin the leadership of the Army and the Police to view the issues from a more matured perspective order than the panic measures being adopted in the military and security circles.

(The Nation)

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Ambode’s Thugs Attacked Our Officers, We Had Valid Warrant To Search His Ikoyi, Epe Residence — EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has claimed its operatives were attacked by thugs loyal to former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday.

The EFCC had gone to execute a search warrant on Ambode’s residence in his hometown, Epe.

Wilson Uwujaren, the agency’s Head of Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the commission “had obtained a valid warrant to conduct a search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of an ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance.”

According to him, the operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe, by “irate youths” who injured three officers and damaged the EFCC official vehicle.

“The attack was totally unprovoked as the Commission’s operatives were civic and did not molest anybody.

“The Commission, therefore, frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the governor.

“It is also not true that the search was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor,” he added.

The agency had earlier denied carrying out a raid on Ambode’s residence, insisting that its operatives were on a legitimate duty.

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Kidnappers Collect N3.5m, 10 Tubers Of Yam, 30 Litres Of Palm Oil, Carton Of Schnapps To Release Victims In Ogun

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Facts have emerged on how the three victims of kidnappers in Ode-Omi in the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun state were released from their captors.

A family source told our correspondent on Monday that the kidnappers collected a sum of N3.5m, a carton of Schnapps, 30 litres of palm oil and 10 tubers of yam before the victims were released.

The police in the state had last Friday said they had rescued the son of the Chief Imam of Ode-Omi, Abdulazeez Sanni and two others – Adams Bamidele and Jelili Adams – who were abducted last Sunday.

The trio were reportedly kidnapped on the eve of the Eid-el Adha in Ode-Omi, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun states.

The state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had said no ransom was paid.

The source said, “The kidnappers collected N3.5m, carton of schnapps, 30 litres of palm oil, 10 tubers of yam and a five-litre keg of vegetable oil.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police command was not aware of the payment of any ransom.

Oyeyemi said, “The victims were rescued by policemen of this command. We are not aware of any ransom.”

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BREAKING: EFCC Raids Former Lagos Governor Ambode’s Country Home In Epe

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are raiding the residence of Akinwumi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, in Epe area of the state.

Tony Orilade, the spokesperson of the anti-graft commission, confirmed this development to journalists.

Orilade denied that they were at Ambode’s residence on a raid, explaining that they are only there for an investigation.

“It is not true, we don’t raid. An investigation is on-going in respect of the petition we have, that is why we are here,” he said.

This is a developing story.

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