Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), says family members of one of the policemen killed by soldiers who set free an alleged Taraba State kidnapping kingpin, Bala Hamisu, from police custody, have contacted him to help them to get justice.
Falana confirmed this in a text message on Thursday.
He said the family of the late Inspector Mark Ediale had briefed his firm to ensure that justice was done.
“We have been briefed by the bereaved family Inspector Mark Ediale to ensure that justice is done so that their son does not die in vain,” the text message read.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said the family would demand the prosecution of the soldiers who killed Ediale and his colleagues and also file a civil action to seek damages.
Hamisu, also known as Wadume was allegedly assisted to escape on August 6, 2019, by the soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, led by Captain Tijjani Balarabe after the police team, which arrested him, came under attack from the troops.
Three policemen and two civilians were killed during the incident while five police officers were injured.
The police had filed terrorism charges against Wadume along with the soldiers and policemen involved in the kidnapping and the attack on police operatives who arrested Wadume.
But the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), who took over the case from the police on June 3, subsequently removed the names of the soldiers from the charges.