Danjuma Vindicated As Herdsmen In Army Attire Kill 67
The former Defence Minister, Lt. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) might have been vindicated as herdsmen in army attire were sighted in the recent killings in Benue State that saw at least 67 dead, with death toll still rising.
According to a report by Guardian and published by ElombahNews, suspected herdsmen in military uniform attacked Benue State border communities of Akaanya, Tse Gbum, Kpete and Ulam, all in Ukum Council leaving scores dead.
According to information gathered from sources in the areas that the attacks were carried out, they were done by men dressed in Army uniform.
An aide to the Chairman of Ukum Local Council, reportedly said: “We learnt that during the attack, three bodies recovered were those of men dressed in military uniform.”
According to the aide, the same suspected gunmen in Army uniform crossed over to some communities in Benue and started shooting and killing people, claiming that they were looking for their missing persons.
It could be recalled that General Danjuma had called on indigenes of Taraba State to arm and defend themselves, alleging that the Military is behind the killings.
He said: “The Armed Forces are not neutral. They are conniving with armed bandits that kill people.
“They facilitate their movement. They cover them.”
Danjuma then warned: “If you depend on the armed forces for protection, you will all die one by one.”
Recently, the Nigerian Army said it has set up a high powered committee to investigate the allegations made by Danjuma that soldiers are colliding with armed militants to kill innocent citizens across the country.
Inaugurating the committee at Army Headquarters in Abuja, the Chief Of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, who said the members were selected based on their track record, charged them to thoroughly investigate and unravel the allegations made by the former army chief.
Buratai, who described the allegations as a burning national issue, urged the team to visit Taraba State and other states where allegations over misconduct of soldiers have been reported.
He also charged the committee to travel far and wide and meet with stakeholders meeting and local communities so as to come up with a comprehensive report.
ElombahNews, on February 8, 2017, also reported that herdsmen, dressed in police uniform, armed with AK-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons, engaged a team of policemen in a gun battle in Delta State.
The battle left a number of police officers, including an Area Commander, injured, while some are missing.