Monday, 14 December 2015

Buratai Orders Arrest Of Soldiers Over Attack On Community

Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has ordered to arrest soldiers of the Nigerian Army who attacked community in Makurdi, Benue state, and destroyed people’s property.

Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff.

The arrested soldiers were handed over to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for prosecution. reports that Bem Angwe, the executive secretary of the commission, disclosed this in Konshisha local government area of the state during a programme to sensitise the people on their rights.

Angwe confirmed that all soldiers who had killed innocent people and destroyed property worth millions of naira were apprehended on the orders of the COAS and were brought to the NHRC secretariat in Abuja for prosecution.

The executive secretary assured Nigerians that the affected officers would be punished according to the law. Moreover, he added that compensation would be paid to the victims of the ugly incident.

Angwe took the opportunity to warn people against violation of human rights such as extra-judicial killings, domestic violence, child abuse, kidnapping, sexual harassment, child labour, unlawful detention and all forms of discrimination. He also called on Nigerians to report about violation of their rights to the commission without any cost.

Meanwhile, Paul Unongo, the deputy chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, asked the federal government to release the N8 billion judgement debt owed victims of the 2001 Zaki Biam military invasion in Benue state, during which thousands of people were massacred.