- Some victims of herdsmen attack have accused the Nigerian army of aiding the attack on them
- The victims, during a presidential panel investigation, said the army often help herdsmen to attack villages
- The victims accused the soldiers of also providing security for the herdsmen
The 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Takum, Taraba state has been accused of aiding herdsmen to attack villages in Benue state and its surrounding.
Vanguard reports that the victims made this allegation during a presidential panel sitting set up to investigate alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian Army.
NAIJ.com learnt that the panel, which held it's inaugural sitting on September 11, listened to some residents of Moon Valley communities in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state who narrated how Nigerian soldiers helped herdsmen to attack their homes.
One of the witnesses who spoke to the panel, Mr. Jacob Kwaghkper, said that the 93 battalion and herdsmen have, over the last two years, constantly attacked five communities.
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Kwaghkper said: “The soldiers are even providing security for the herdsmen, who are occupying the ancestral lands of the communities.
“The displaced people of the communities, who escaped from the series of sustained attacks, have become refugees in Cameroon and internally displaced persons, IDPs, taking shelter in various places in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, under the watchful eyes of both the federal and state government without any form of assistance.”
Another witness, Mr. Agbo Utah, told the panel that soldiers watched as herdsmen burnt down his compound.
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian army has denied reports that it invaded the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in Umuahia, Abia state.
Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, the assistant director of public relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army in a statement denied reports that it invaded Kanu’s home or killed anybody.
Gbadamosi, said it was the residents that threw stones at the military officers.
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