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Army vs Police: Don’t instigate personnel against Army – Group begs Police

A group has cautioned the Nigeria Police over instigating its officers against soldiers of the Nigerian Army. The group said the ongoing war of words between the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army was needless

According to the group, the statement officially issued by the Police could instigate colleagues of the deceased policemen to go after soldiers in retaliation

The Nigeria Police have been cautioned against instigating colleagues of the deceased officers to go after soldiers in retaliation over the recent killing of cops by some soldiers in Ibi-Wukari area of Taraba state.

The Grand Alliance Against Terrorism (GAAT) said the ongoing war of words between the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army was needless since a panel has been instituted to investigate the root cause of the clash.

Addressing journalists on Friday, August 9, Babatunde Michael, the executive director of GAAT, said the recent statements and comments that the Police officially issued could instigate colleagues of the deceased policemen to go after soldiers in retaliation.

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Michael said such development will not augur well for future working relationship with not just the Nigerian Army and the military but also with other security and para-military organizations.

He also called on both parties to sheathe swords while waiting for the outcome of the investigation.

Michael said: “The probe that has been ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari into the death of the policemen is enough grounds to not raise more posers than these for the moment.”

He urged the panel to take the issues raised by the group as part of the input for its investigation.

“Adherence to rules of engagement on the part of the Army and the Police, or lack of it, should form part of what the investigation should uncover because we believe that no one that is rendering such service to their fatherland deserve to die under such avoidable circumstance,” Michael said.

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