- The killing of a soldier in Naka, Benue state which led to the attack on the community by some military men has been condemned by a civil society
- The group, Benue Proactive Initiative (BPI) said that the attack on Naka was triggered by the activities of some miscreants in the commuity
- The BPI, on behalf of the state, apologised to the presidency, the Nigerian Army and the family of the deceased soldier
A civil society group, the Benue Proactive Initiative (BPI) has bitterly decried what is described as the 'barbaric, wicked and malicious killing' of a personnel of the Nigerian Army in Naka, Gwer west local government area of the state on Wednesday, April 18.
In reaction to the incident, Comrade Terkaa Jam, the convener of BPI, through a statement on Thursday, April 19, said the incident was regrettable and condemnable. Jam remarked that the soldiers deployed to Benue state on peacekeeping have been making effort to curb the frequent herdsmen-farmers clashes in Nigeria, the Vanguard reports.
Jam said: “We wish to boldly attest to the fact that until last night when these restive youths decided to kill and bury an officer after disarming him, the people have had a very cordial relationship with the Nigerian Army and do appreciate all their efforts towards restoring peace to the various communities in the state.
“We understand that these acts were carried out by miscreants whose past time is cheap drugs and have nothing to offer the society and regrettable that this led to the burning down of houses by the soldiers who had once conducted themselves peacefully.
"As much as we submit that the anger was well understood, it is our desire that the military does not turn its table against us or stop being of immense assistance to us because of these criminal elements.
“The Benue Proactive Initiative wishes to make it abundantly clear that the action of these few disgruntled elements in the state doesn’t represent our relationship with the military neither does it portray our appreciation of their numerous sacrifices to the peace project in Benue state.
"It is therefore clear that the actions of the youths were aimed at jeopardizing the peace gradually returning to the local government.
“We extend our condolence to the President and Commander-in-Chief, the Nigerian Army and families of the deceased over the unfortunate incident, and also call on them to halt any action that may demonstrate the bitterness of the Nigerian Army and its Personnel towards the people.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that some angry Nigerian soldiers reportedly stormed a community in Benue state and set houses ablaze.
The soldiers stormed Naka, the seat of Gwer west local government area, at about 11:00 am and began burning houses to the apprehension of residents, Francis Ayagah, chairman of the local government told newsmen by telephone on Thursday, April 19.
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