Wadume: DHQ panel concludes report, soldiers risk dismissal

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The Joint Investigative panel has concluded its report and would submit it to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, on Monday.

The seven-man Panel was set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to probe the killing of three policemen in Ibi, Taraba State.

According to top military sources, the report was believed to have indicted some army and police personnel as well as a few civilians.

The sources also noted that the officers and soldiers would likely face court-martial and dismissal, “going by their level of culpability.”

The panel concluded its work on Friday after sitting for three days at the Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja, during which it grilled army officers, soldiers, policemen and the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume.

The Joint Investigative Panel, which is led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, has top officers drawn from the police, army, navy, air force, the Department of State Services and the DIA.

A source close to the panel had said the officers cross-examined Wadume, after he had earlier made some confessions in a police video, where he indicted army officers and soldiers over his escape.

The police had on Monday night arrested Wadume at a hideout in the Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State, following a manhunt by the police special forces and Intelligence Response Team members in Taraba and the surrounding states.




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