The Senator representing Benue North-East District and former Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has condemned the Nigerian Military for utilizing helicopter strikes on unarmed Tiv communities within the Konshisha Native Authorities Space of Benue State.
Suswam, who has raised a petition to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to analyze the invasion, famous on Friday that the military, below the guise of some miscreants who ambushed their convoy between Ukpute and Bonta, went so far as placing Tiv villages in Shangev Tiev exterior the disaster zone.
The senator, in a launch obtained by SaharaReporters, famous that his individuals believed that the navy assault is therefore “premeditated to terrorise, destabilise and depopulate the affected Tiv communities.”
“Prior to now 96 hours, there was a sustained navy assault performed by troops with air assist of a helicopter gunship concentrating on unarmed civilian communities in Konshisha LGA. The killings and wanton destruction perpetrated by the marauding troopers are akin to a warfare zone.
“Senator Suswam is deeply apprehensive that the invasion which was alleged to be a fall out of the inter-tribal skirmishes between the Igede individuals of Ukpute and Shangev Tiev Individuals of Bonta might have been resolved amicably by means of dialogue.
“The senator wonders why the navy burnt down different Tiv villages in Shangev Tiev exterior the disaster zone. Additionally worrisome is the nefarious assaults on Ullam, Mbaiase communities in Gwer – West LGA that are very far-off from Igede land. This has compelled many individuals to suspect that the assault is premeditated to terrorize, destabilise and depopulate the affected Tiv communities.
“In a petition despatched to the defence headquarters, Abuja, Senator Suswam has referred to as for a probe of the navy invasion of the communities with a view to unraveling the circumstances that led to the unwarranted use of helicopter gunship on unarmed civilians.
“Suswam has appealed to the affected communities which embody Tse-Amile, Gbinde, Bonta and the communities alongside Oju highway to stay calm as Governor Samuel Ortom and he are working in direction of bringing peace and justice to them,” the discharge acknowledged.
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