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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said the police officers that were killed in Taraba by soldiers were mistaken for kidnappers.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, had on Wednesday said some police officers attached to Intelligent Response Team were killed by soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State.

He also revealed that a notorious kidnap kingpin the police officers had gone to apprehended in a discrete operation, had bolted when the soldiers attacked the police team.

But the Army spokesperson Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement on Wednesday, said the killing was in error.

The statement reads; “On August 6, troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum pursued and exchanged fire with some suspected kidnappers who indeed turned out to be an Intelligence Response Team from the Police Force Headquarters Abuja on a covert assignment from Abuja resulting in the death and injury of some members of the team.

“On the 6th of August 2019, the said Nigerian Army troops, while responding to a distress call to rescue a kidnapped victim exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

“The suspected kidnappers numbering about ten (10) and driving in a white bus with Reg No LAGOS MUS 564 EU refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive check points.

“The flagrant refusal of the suspected kidnappers to stop at the three checkpoints prompted a hot pursuit of the fleeing suspects by the troops. It was in this process that the suspected kidnappers who were obviously armed opened fire at the troops sporadically thus prompting them to return fire.

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said the police officers that were killed in Taraba by soldiers were mistaken for kidnappers.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, had on Wednesday said some police officers attached to Intelligent Response Team were killed by soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State.

He also revealed that a notorious kidnap kingpin the police officers had gone to apprehended in a discrete operation, had bolted when the soldiers attacked the police team.

But the Army spokesperson Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement on Wednesday, said the killing was in error.

The statement reads; “On August 6, troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum pursued and exchanged fire with some suspected kidnappers who indeed turned out to be an Intelligence Response Team from the Police Force Headquarters Abuja on a covert assignment from Abuja resulting in the death and injury of some members of the team.

“On the 6th of August 2019, the said Nigerian Army troops, while responding to a distress call to rescue a kidnapped victim exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

“The suspected kidnappers numbering about ten (10) and driving in a white bus with Reg No LAGOS MUS 564 EU refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive check points.

“The flagrant refusal of the suspected kidnappers to stop at the three checkpoints prompted a hot pursuit of the fleeing suspects by the troops. It was in this process that the suspected kidnappers who were obviously armed opened fire at the troops sporadically thus prompting them to return fire.

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