A Nigerian soldier identified as K Ibrahim has been reportedly killed by an unidentified police officer in Adamawa state.
According to military officials, the incident occurred on Sunday evening along the Numan-Jalingo Road.
The police officer and his colleagues were allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
According to reports, the development wreaked havoc along the axis.
The incident was also confirmed by a military transmission intercepted by SaharaReporters.
“INCIDENT RPT. AT 291639A MAY 22. SSGT IBRAHIM K, WAS SHOT ON (SIC) HIS LEG BY A POLICE AT NUMAN – JALINGO CP. THE SSGT WAS RUSHED TO THE GEN HOSPITAL IN NUMAN BUT LATER GAVE UP. MEANWHILE, ONE OF THE POLICE WAS ARRESTED AND HE IS IN OWN CUSTODY. FURTHER DETAILS LATER,” the signal read.
In 2021, the Nigerian Army claimed that police officers were killing and brutalizing some of its soldiers.
The Chief of Army Staff had written to all formations and units on November 23, 2021, requesting that military officers “send all recorded incidences of police brutality against members of the Nigerian Army.”
The letter, headed ‘Evaluating Incidences of Police Brutality Against Personnel Of The Nigerian Army,’ was signed by Major General J. A. Ataguba and obtained exclusively by SaharaReporters.
“When civil authorities are called upon, the NA is constitutionally obligated to assist them. As a result of this responsibility, collaborative operations with members of civil and paramilitary organizations have been organized.
These combined operations with other security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police (NP), provide opportunities for the police to equate their hierarchy with that of the NA, which has frequently resulted in tension, particularly at the lower levels,” the letter stated.
“The NA is constitutionally tasked to provide aid to civil authorities when called upon. This responsibility has occasioned conducting joint activities with members of the civil and paramilitary organizations. These joint operations with other security agencies particularly the Nigerian Police (NP) create occasions for the police to equate its hierarchy with the NA and this has often led to friction, especially at the lower levels,” the letter had read.
“This friction has occasionally led to bodily harm and in some cases death to our troops. This is in spite of the fact that the victims have been identified and established to be serving personnel.
“This Dept is therefore conducting an evaluation of these occurrences with a view to establishing the frequency and recommend possible remedial measures to stem the tide. Consequently, all NA corps, formations and establishments are please requested to forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the NA.
“The report should cover the last 2 years. Returns to reach this NLT 8 December 21 and should be forwarded using enclosed formal.”
Source: Sahara Repoters.