3 police officers killed in deadly clash with Nigerian Army in Jalingo, Taraba State
Monday morning’s violent clash between Nigerian Army and police personnel in the Sabongari neighbourhood of Jalingo, Taraba State, is feared to have claimed the lives of three police officers.
Army personnel stationed at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state allegedly assaulted a female police officer whom they stopped for identification.
As parents rushed to bring their children to school, markets and shops were abruptly closed and streets were deserted.
The confrontation between soldiers and police officers in Jalingo is the latest in a string of incidents involving bad blood between officers of both security agencies in Nigeria.
In 2019, when a group of police officers apprehended Bala “Wadume” Hamisu, a wanted kidnapper, in Taraba, a group of soldiers attacked them. The soldiers murdered three police officers and two civilians before freeing the suspect.
The government indicted ten soldiers for their involvement in the attack, but withdrew the charges against them so that the Army could try them first.
Despite police protests, their dismissal from the Army remains a waiting game four years later.
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