Jukuns reject Army panel report on Taraba killings

Jukuns reject Army panel report on Taraba killings

- The JDAN has rejected the report by a panel set up by the Nigerian Army to probe allegation of collusion of Nigerian soldiers in the killings in some parts of Taraba state

- JDAN national president, chief Bako Benjaminin said army missed another opportunity to cleanse itself of allegations of gross abuse leveled against it by Danjuma

- Benjaminin said army panel did a very poor and unprofessional job and wasted the opportunity to scribble its names in gold

The Jukun Development Association of Nigeria (JDAN) has rejected the “no guilty” verdict of the Gen. John Nimyel’s panel, which investigated former chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma’s allegations of criminal acts of collusion by the army in the killings of innocent people in the state.

Daily Trust reports JDAN national president, chief Bako Benjaminin who made this known in Lagos said the panel's report, falls far short of expectations and can at best be described as a shoddy job fit for the waste bin.

Benjaminin lamented that rather than give hope of justice, to the families of the innocent farmers and other villagers hacked down by the herdsmen, the Army merely engaged in "empty rhetoric" of setting up of panels to cleanse itself of wrong doings.

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According to him, “The Nigerian Army yet again missed another opportunity to cleanse itself of allegations of gross abuse leveled against it not only by Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma but by a number of other human rights organisations including Amnesty International (AI).

“The Nigerian army panel did a very poor and unprofessional job and wasted the opportunity to scribble their names in gold. The report is unacceptable to Jukun people and therefore it is hereby rejected in its entirety.

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“It is also curious that the panel deliberately refused to use a single material out of the hundreds of documented paper works, audio and video recordings of eye witnesses, community leaders and youth groups with shocking and gruesome evidences of ethnic cleansing and genocide in more than 20 villages across southern Taraba.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian army tackled Danjuma foe asking Taraba people to take up arms in the light of the farmers-herdsmen clash.

In a statement issued on Saturday, March 25, The Nigerian army said the accusation by Danjuma that the military was colluding with armed militia was unfortunate.

It said its operations in Benue and Taraba have yielded success while some soldiers have also paid the ultimate price in those operations.

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Source: Naija.ng

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