BY AMEH IDUGAJI, JALINGO – Following false alarm raised by youths of kidnappers some villagers, four police detectives on special duty from the Force Headquarters Abuja, were Monday killed in Ibbi, town of Taraba state.
It was gathered that the four detectives had gone to the town for the arrest of one Hamish Wadimi over alleged gun running.
However, it was further after the arrest of Wadimi, the youths in the town raised alarm claiming that the detectives were kidnappers which led to a mob action resulting in the death of the four detectives.
A source at the Police command headquarters in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital confided in Forefront News that the killed detectives had on their arrival from Abuja reported at the state Police command headquarters in Jalingo before proceeding to Ibbi Local Government for the arrest.
The team, it was also gathered on arrival in Ibbi equally reported to the Divisional Police officer (DPO), and the Chief of Ibbi to intimate them of their mission before arresting Hamisu Wadimi.
However, in spite of their adherence to laid down procedure with regards to area of jurisdiction, trouble started shortly after the arrest of the suspect when the youths began protest over the arrest of Wadimi and began chasing the detectives shouting “kidnappers, kidnappers” up to a military check point located few kilometers from the Ibbi town.
The villagers allegedly informed soldiers at the check point few killometers from the village that the visitors were kidnappers.
It was further gathered that on sighting the Humma Toyota Bus conveying the detectives, the soldiers allegedly opened fire on the vehicle thereby forcing the driver to stop.
According to an eye witness who spoke to Forefront News under cover, the Youths of Ibbi numbering over one hundred armed with assorted weapons chased the detectives to the military check point and forced them out of the vehicle and killed four of them while two escaped into the bush.
It was also gathered that based on findings, the military men at the check point later discovered that the victims were police detectives from the Force headquarters, Abuja.
As the time of filing this report, a combined team of soldiers and policemen have been deployed to Ibbi Local Government to search and arrest the killers of the four police detectives.
The Taraba state police command spokesman, DSP David Misal, replied to a text message sent saying; “we are gathering details of the unfortunate incident and we will brief the press soon.”
Meanwhile, the suspected gun runner, Hamisu Wadimi has been rearrested and taken to the police headquarters in Jalingo.
The remains of the four dectectives have been conveyed to the state police headquarters in jalingo.