The Nigerian Army Captain who allegedly ordered soldiers at a security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo expressway in Taraba State to attack and kill police operatives attached to the Inspector-General of Police’s Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), has been identified.
The Vanguard newspaper reports that a police investigation revealed that telephone conversations between the alleged kidnap kingpin, Wadume, and the captain, were about 191 between July 9, 2019, and August 6, 2019.
The newspaper said police authorities believed that the army captain might have been providing cover for the kidnapper who had received hundreds of millions of naira as ransom from his victims.
The army officer is currently undergoing interrogation at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
A panel of investigation had earlier effected the arrest of five soldiers who allegedly attacked and killed the three policemen and one civilian in Taraba.
It was gathered that the arrested soldiers owned up to carrying out the attack based on the instruction of the captain who informed them that Wadume had been kidnapped and was being transported in a silver-colored Toyota Hiace bus.
The newspaper report confirmed that the police have established strong links between the army captain and the notorious kidnapper, alleging that the military officer was on the kidnapper’s payroll.
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