As Army arrests soldier  in Borno for killing seven civilians

 

Tayo AFOLABI

 

Police Constable (PC) Lukman Madaki, alleged to have killed two people and injured another in Bauchi on Thursday, has been detained.

Mr Umar Sanda, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Police Bauchi Command, confirmed this in a statement issued by the Command’s Spokesman SP Ahmed Wakil on Friday.

The CP said the suspect had since been arrested and detained while investigation has begun in earnest.

“On 24/03/2022 at about 2230hrs, a Patrol team attached to E’ Division while on visibility patrol around a black spot at Rafin zurfi, Yelwa arrested F/no. 519342 PC Lukman Madaki, 29, of the Toro Division attached to the Sports Office, Bauchi State Police Command Headquarters.

“In a bid to resist arrest, PC Lukman employed the use of a Jack knife, stabbed and injured the following members of the Peace and Security committee attached to the patrol team.

“The victims are Abdulmalik Mohammed, 22, of Sabon Gida Yelwa, Sadiq, 23, of Sabon Gida Yelwa and Nazifi Mohammed, 19, of Yelwan Labourer,” he said.

According to him, the victims were rushed to ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi for treatment where Abdulmalik Mohammed and Sadiq were certified dead by a medical doctor.

He said that Nazifi Mohammed, the third victim, was currently responding to treatment.

The statement said CP Sanda commiserated with the families of the deceased, and the people of Bauchi state on the unfortunate incident.

CP Sanda who had ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter, appealed for calm.

He urged members of the public not to take laws into their hands as the outcome of the investigation would be made public.

The Commissioner further enjoined citizens of the state to remain law-abiding and to continue assisting the police to fight crime in the state by promptly reporting any incident.

The CP assured the public of his commitment in the fight against criminality in accordance with the law of the state.

Youths gathered in front of the Divisional headquarters burning tyres as well as used drums and water tanks to block the Bauchi – Dass road.

The youths demanded the release of the alleged killer cop to them, trying to force their way into the station, a move that was resisted by the Policemen on duty.

In a related development, The Nigerian Army on Friday arrested a soldier who allegedly killed seven civilians, including a three-year-old girl in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno.

Intelligence Coordinator, Theatre Command of the Operation Hadin Kai, Colonel Obinna Azuikpe, confirmrd this while briefing journalists on the military’s operations in the North-East.

Azuikpe said that about 16 persons sustained various degrees of injuries in the incident which occurred on Tuesday in Mafa market.

He said that the injured victims had been hospitalised, while the “shooter” was arrested by the Military Police.

He said that other incidents involving two policemen killing soldiers were separately recorded in Maiduguri.

Azuikpe attributed the incidents to “post-traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse.”

The coordinator said the Theatre Commander, Major General Christopher Musa, had ensured that troops maintained discipline in all parts of the theatre of operation.

According to him, the Theatre Commander had set up a joint committee to review the existing codes of conduct in the operations.

He reiterated the commitment of the military authorities towards improving the welfare of the troops.

“This included ensuring that soldiers don’t stay more than three months without given permission to go and see their families.

“We have noticed that soldiers usually misbehave when you keep them for long.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has also introduced a Welfare Flight scheme for the troops where every two weeks, soldiers who travelled as far as the eastern parts of the country would be supported to travel to their various destinations.”

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