Armed gangs in military uniform terrorise Nigeria

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from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AN army colonel has been killed and scores of villagers displaced after armed men impersonating members of the national army invaded communities in central Nigeria.

Houses have been burnt during the invasion by the men dressed in military camouflage.

The Nigerian Army said the dangerous gang that was escaping detection by troops was painting an impression in local media that soldiers were involved in the invasion of the communities in the Benue State.

“This allegation is baseless and most unfounded as our soldiers have been conducting themselves professionally in line with established Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for troops,” said Major Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, the Nigerian Army Assistant Director of Public Relations.

“We wish to reiterate that this assertion is completely untrue and targeted at tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Army among the citizens who have over the years developed strong confidence and trust in the army.”

Ayeni said the army had intensified patrols in affected areas with a view to arrest the suspects, ensure normalcy, restoration of law and order and to give locals confidence to pursue their daily activities without fear.

“It is our constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and properties of the civil populace and ensure peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.”

The West African country is beset by violent crime including the insurgency by the Boko Haram, kidnap gangs and militants bombing oil facilities south of the country.

– CAJ News




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