The bodies of the five police officers killed by soldiers in Taraba State have arrived Abuja.
The five bodies arrived Abuja on Saturday evening and were taken to the Garki General Hospital where they were deposited in the morgue.
The killing of the IRT personnel last week by soldiers in Taraba State, brings to 15, the total number of IRT operatives killed in the last four years.
It was gathered that the deceased might not be buried anytime soon as the authorities have decided to conduct an autopsy on the bodies before releasing them for burial.
Already, the families of the deceased officers have arrived Abuja, to take the bodies of their sons home for burial.
Police sources said that the autopsy became necessary to enable the panel set up on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to do a proper investigation and submit its report.
It was also gathered that the autopsy would be conducted this week as a medical team of pathologists is already on the ground to start work.
The autopsy is to enable the pathologists to ascertain the actual cause of the victims’ death even though their bodies were ridden with bullets.
It was gathered that the IRT personnel were shot by soldiers who ran after them in a pick-up van after they had driven past a military checkpoint and introduced themselves as police officers .
Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, was not available for comments on the matter when the deceased would be buried when a call was placed to his mobile phone.