31 C
Friday, December 13, 2019

Soldiers shot and killed 3 policemen, ‘free arrested kidnap kingpin’

Nigerian soldiers have freed a notorious “kidnap kingpin” in the north-eastern state of Taraba, police say.

Three officers and a civilian were shot dead by soldiers who attacked a police unit transporting suspect Alhaji Hamisu to the regional police headquarters.

The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) officers “were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they are police personnel on legitimate duty”, the police posted on its Twitter account.

Mr Hamisu has been on the police’s wanted list for several high-profile kidnap cases that includes a recent abduction where a ransom of about $275,293 (£226,478) was paid.

The army said its troops mistook the policemen for kidnappers after they “refused to stop at a military checkpoints”.

Army spokesman Col Sagir Musa is quoted in Punch newspaper as saying that the police opened fire, prompting soldiers to return fire.

He made no mention of what had happened to the “kidnap kingpin”.

Kidnapping for ransom is rampant across Nigeria and security operatives have been accused of not doing enough to track down the kidnap gangs.

Soldiers often complain of poor allowances and diversion of funds by their superiors.

Two weeks ago, the army said it was investigating reports that some soldiers absconded with more than $1m (£800,000) of operational funds they were escorting in the country’s north-west.

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Latest News

Cameroon MPs debate autonomy for the Anglophone region

Members of parliament in Cameroon are debating whether to grant more autonomy to the country's Anglophone regions where thousands of people have died in...

Omar al-Bashir’s wife summoned over finances

The wife of ousted Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, Widad Babiker, has been summoned for questioning over possession of land and bank accounts, Arabic-language website...

Ex-Algeria PM elected president as thousands prepare to protest

Former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected Algeria’s new president after a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but demonstrators who...

UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Conservatives secure majority in British election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election...

Uganda, Rwanda to hold talks in Kampala amid border tension

On Friday Ugandan officials will host their Rwandan counterparts in the capital, Kampala, for a meeting on the implementation of an agreement to end...

Khalifa Haftar urges forces to advance toward central Tripoli

Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar urged his forces to advance toward the center of Tripoli on Thursday in what he said would be the “final...

Ian Khama to sue Botswana over embezzling claim

Botswana's former President Ian Khama says he plans to sue the government for defamation after he, other former officials and a South African businesswoman...

G5 Sahel meeting with France postponed after deadly attack in Niger

French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed on Thursday to postpone to early 2020 a meeting of Sahel country leaders due...

Algeria election goes ahead in defiance of protests

Polls opened in Algeria on Thursday for a delayed presidential election that is opposed by a mass protest movement which wants the vote put...

Bombshell! Botswana politician admits to vote rigging

A Botswana ruling party member has said he took part in vote rigging - in which people voted twice - during the October election,...

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -
%d bloggers like this: