Despite Accusation By Amnesty International, Nigeria Soldiers Continue To Burn Residents Houses
- Unknown gunmen kill two soldiers in Plateau State
Unknown gunmen in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State have reportedly shot two soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven.
The incident happened on Monday night.
Residents accused the soldiers of burning down their houses after ordering them to provide “miscreants among them”.
Ubah Ogaba, the public Relations Officer of the Operation Safe Heaven confirmed the incident, Premium Times reports.
Ogaba said one other soldier sustained an injury and is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed medical facility.
He said “Suspected gunmen shot at officers of Operation Safe Haven. In the process, two soldiers were killed, one was injured,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, residents of Gindin Akwati have cried out over the burning of their houses in retaliation of the two murdered soldiers, according to PT’s report.
Quoting a resident, Usman Adam said his house was one of the houses burnt by the soldiers.
He reportedly said, “Early morning, the soldiers called us for a meeting, they told us to bring out miscreants that we know among us.
“But after the meeting, we saw the deployment of many soldiers into our community, they began to set fire on our homes, they burnt my own home.
“Later we were told that some soldiers were killed on the road, that was all that I know,” he said.
The local leader of Fulani Herdsmen in Barkin Ladi, Shuaibu Bayero said “Early morning we saw soldiers in their vehicles and motorcycles.
“They stormed communities of our people, they burnt our homes.
“From our count, 150 homes were burnt down, in four close-by communities,” he alleged.
However, the police spokesman Mr Ogaba said he could not confirm the incident
“That was not confirmed to me,” he reportedly said.
The information officer of Operation Safe Haven, Ibrahim Shittu did not respond to the calls put across, PT reports.
This month, February, Amnesty International alleged that Nigeria’s military burned down villages and forcefully displaced hundreds of residents in its fight against Boko Haram in the North-East.
The military has been accused of human rights violation in the past in its long fight against the terrorist group.