The Nigeria Police Force have accused military authorities of shielding 10 soldiers connected with Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume.
The police said the military have refused to release the suspects for trial, PM News said..
The development was made known on Monday, when the police arraigned Wadume and 19 others before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, slammed Wadume and his accomplices with 16 count charge, bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms possession.
Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce in court the army officers, who were alleged to have aided Wadume escape.
Nyako also ordered Buratai, or any other person, in whose custody the suspects are, to provide them in court by March 30, 2020.
Nyako ruled that the court shall enrol the order to the prosecution, so that they could serve it to the parties involved.
The suspects ordered by the Judge to appear before the court are the 2nd to 11th respondents in the charge.
Soldiers of 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba State, on August 6, 2019, shot members of a special anti-crime squad from the Inspector General of Police Office, who had arrested Wadume and were transporting him to the state police command in Jalingo, for interrogation.
The soldiers killed three policemen and two civilians on the spot, during which the troops allegedly freed the suspect.
Earlier, prosecution counsel, Simon Lough, told the court that on Jan 7, 2020, the inspector general wrote to Buratai, and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, seeking the release of the 2nd to 11th defendants to the police, for arraignment and prosecution in court.