How Soldiers Attacked Us While Bringing In MADUME - ASP Aidelojie
One of the police detectives of the Intelligence Response Team that survived the assassination plot while arresting kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, alias Madume, ASP Felix Aidelojie, has recounted how soldiers, commanded by Captain Tijani Balarabe, attacked his grouo with machine gun, killing three police officers and two civilians in the process.
In controversial circumstances, the police officers and civilians were murdered by soldiers, attached to 93 battalion, Takum,
In an August 17, 2019, statement made and submitted to the Joint Investigation Panel set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, comprising a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce, the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services and the Defence Intelligence Agency, ASP Aidelojie noted that the soldiers, who operated in a Toyota Hilux chased them and and opened fire at their (police) vehicle without any provocation a dvelopment that resulted in the police Toyota Hummer summersaulting severally before crashing into a ditch,adfing that even when they were trying to wriggle out of the crashed bus, one of the soldiers kept firing at his men. Fearing that death was imminent unless a miracle happened, ASP Aidolojie explained he had to pretend he was hit before the shooting stopped.
The Rear Admiral I. Olaiya-led Joint Investigation Panel is saddled with the responsibility of probing the attack which resulted in the killing of some members of the Intelligence Response Team after which they released the captured Madume on August 6, 2019.
ASP Aidelojie further explained that his team earlier identified themselves at three checkpoints manned by soldiers, riot and the conventional policemen on their way to arrest Madume at Ibbi, adding that his team picked up the suspect amidst youths numbering about 10, without any incident as he simply followed them into the bus and was duly handcuffed with his legs chained. Trouble however, started as the operatives were returning.
According to ASP Aidelojie, soldiers at the checkpoint queried them about their trip and were promptly briefed by the IRT team explaining further that the team is the same police personnel who passed through the check point earlier, wherein one of the soldiers reportedly asked if they didn’t know that the person (Wadume) in our bus is an influential man in Ibbi town. The team was allowed to move on having explained that it had a long way to go before nightfall.
ASP Aidelojie noted however, that as the team proceeded from the check point, a Toyota Picnic on the team’s tail, followed by a Hilux van mounted with a machine gun which began firing at the police team.
“As we passed the checkpoint, I saw a Toyota Picnic following us; next thing, I heard a gunshot and when I looked back, I saw a Hilux van mounted with a machine gun firing at us, ” Aidelojie explained.