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Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

Taraba killings: Stop pre-empting presidential panel report – Group tells Police

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Good Governance and Leadership Project in Nigeria (GGLPN) has urged the Nigerian Police to refrain from embarking on media trail in the Taraba Intelligence Response Team (IRT) killings, so avoid influencing the outcome of an Investigation Panel.
Recall that in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, constituted a 7-man Joint Investigation Panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate Wukari incident.
The panel, headed by Rear Admiral IT Olaiya, has a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Department of State Service and the Defence Intelligence Agency.
The expectation was that the Nigerian Army and Police would temporarily seize further media clashes, allowing the panel to carry out its mandate.
However, according to the GGLPN, the Police kept on with its onslaught against the Army and even took an awkward step, leaking the progress being made in the investigation to the media.
In a statement signed by President, Whyte Odili, the group said such media trial can only truncate the exercise in a way that the eventual culprits may evade justice.
The Good Governance and Leadership Project therefore urged the law enforcement agency to stop its ongoing media trial and campaign of calumny against the Army and instead allow the law take its course.
The group, however, warned the Police that any attempt to influence the outcome of the investigative panel would be met with stern resistance.

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