- Nigerians no longer have confidence in the military, according to the chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Masa Ibi
- He made the statement when he received the army probe panel investigating allegations of military collusion with armed bandits
- The military was accused of colluding with armed bandits in the attacks on residents of Taraba and other parts of the country
The Aku Uka of Wukari and chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Masa Ibi (Kuvyo II), on Monday, April 16, told an army probe panel that Nigerians had lost confidence in the military.
The panel investigating allegations of military collusion with armed bandits in the attacks on residents of Taraba and other parts of the country, was received by the monarch, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the monarch said: “It is a known fact that the citizens of Nigeria have lost confidence in the military, in spite of their track record of successful peace missions in other parts of the world.
“I want to remind you members of the panel that Nigerians who are crying for justice are expecting much from you, so also the armed forces who are looking up to your report to help them to restore our citizens' confidence in the Nigerian military.
“As an umpire, Nigerians expect you to be just and fair in your assignment, and only a fair, just and transparent report of your panel can restore the lost image of the military.”
The chairman of the probe panel, Major General Joseph Nimyel (retd.), had earlier sympathised with the Aku Uka over the loss of lives and destruction of property as a result of the crisis in the area.
According to him, the probe panel was in the state to investigate allegations of collusion levelled against the military by General Theophilus Danjuma, adding that findings would be sent to the army headquarters in Abuja, the Taraba state government and the federal government with a view to helping the authorities in their future dealings.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Taraba government said that it no longer had confidence in the federal government security apparatus deployed to the state.
The government's position was made known by the senior special adviser to the Taraba state governor on media and publicity, Dan Bala Abu, who spoke to journalists on Friday, March 30.
Abu said that although there was relative peace now in Taraba, the state government did not have confidence in the security apparatus of the federal government to maintain peace and security in the state.
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