Haruna Abdullahi, a riot policeman, has said Suleiman Dauda, his superior, identified the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) operatives before they were shot dead by soldiers, commanded by Tijjani Balarabe, an army captain.
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He said the soldiers killed three policemen and two civilians shortly after the detectives were introduced to them.
Abdullahi said he had been at a checkpoint on the Takum-Ibbi Road on August 6, 2019, when the armed soldiers in a Toyota Hilux van approached the roadblock. He said Dauda told them the occupants were policemen and not kidnappers as they had said.
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The officer said the soldiers returned to the checkpoint with a suspected kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume,) shortly after the IRT team passed through the checkpoint with the suspect in their custody.