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Stop Punishing Innocent People In Benue For Killing Of Soldiers By Bandits, ACF Tells Nigerian Army

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The Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF) has requested the Nigerian Authorities, Military and safety businesses to cease the contemporary bout of killings in components of Benue State.

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The ACF on Sunday added that the safety businesses, group leaders and the state authorities should fish out the criminals concerned within the killings, together with of the 12 troopers final week, and punish them.



The ACF in a launch signed by its Nationwide Chairman, Audu Ogbe, instructed the Nigerian Military that punishing “poor, harmless individuals who don’t have anything to do with the killing of troopers in Konshisha is unfair and never one of the simplest ways to go.”

The discussion board mentioned, “We had been attending the Nationwide Working Committee and Nationwide Govt Council conferences of the ACF in Kaduna when information began trickling in of one other spherical of bloodshed in Benue.

“We hesitated to situation an announcement, hoping to get full particulars earlier than going into it. For now we’ve been knowledgeable by military headquarters that troopers on stabilising operations within the state code-named operation Whirl Stroke had been ambushed. Ten of the troopers and one officer who had their weapons seized, had been brutally murdered and their our bodies set ablaze by the bandits who mounted the ambush.

“We on the ACF don’t subscribe to such lawlessness and barbarism. We condemn the actions of the bandits with out reservations. There was no want killing members of the Nigerian military who had been merely on a mission to maintain the peace.

“As dastardly because the actions of the bandits is, we discover the response of the military out of proportion. A petition, signed by Gabriel Suswam who represents the realm within the Senate to the military headquarters, says the military is on a revenge mission by which villagers whose dwelling are distant from the troubled space in Konshisha Native Authorities Space are being bombed with helicopter gunboats.

“We consider that as unsuitable and legal because the actions of the bandits are, the military mustn’t use a sledgehammer to kill a fly. We name on the safety brokers and group leaders and the state authorities to fish out the criminals and punish them. Punishing poor, harmless individuals who don’t have anything to do with the killing of troopers in Konshisha is unfair and never one of the simplest ways to go.

“The ACF requires restraint on either side on this disaster in order that extra harmless blood is not going to be shed.”

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