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“We Only Fired Warning Shots”—Nigerian Army Denies Shooting Protesters At Dangote Sugar Factory




Authorities of the Nigerian Military have reacted to a narrative about troopers taking pictures protesters at Dangote Sugar manufacturing unit in Gyawana, Adamawa State.


A resident of Gyawana informed SaharaReporters that troopers, despatched for the unlawful operation, had been employed by the administration of the sugar firm to chase the protesters away.

SaharaReporters gathered that some folks sustained accidents throughout the taking pictures.

A press release by the Assistant Director, Military Public Relations, Main Haruna Mohammed Sani, of the 23 brigades Yola, claimed that its troops didn’t hearth a shot instantly on the protesters, however solely fired warning pictures.

The assertion claimed that among the troopers sustained minor accidents from the stones thrown by the mob.

The assertion reads, “The eye of Headquarters 23 Brigade Nigerian Military has been drawn to a mischievous Sahara Reporters story alleging troopers opened hearth on protesting workers of Dangote Sugar Firm at Gyawana district beneath Lafiya Lamurde Native Authorities Space of Adamawa State.

“To provide the correct perspective on the libelous narrative, this headquarters needs to tell most people that on 15 July, 2021 at about 2: 00 pm, the Gyawana neighborhood staged a protest in opposition to the administration of Dangote Sugar Firm threatening to close down the institution and abduct overseas expatriates for sacking some workers of the corporate who’re members of the host neighborhood.

“Efforts to calm the state of affairs by the Nigerian Police and personnel of the Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence corps proved abortive because the irate youths, wielding cutlasses, machetes, and different harmful weapons, overpowered them.

“When a misery name was made to an inner safety outfit in Adamawa State nicknamed Operation Farauta, comprising troopers and different para-military companies, they swiftly mobilised and moved to bolster the police and Civil Defence deployment on the location.  

“Within the course of, tear fuel in addition to warning pictures had been fired as among the non-violent technique of crowd dispersal and to additional stop personal troops from being lynched by the mob.

“Consequently, the state of affairs was introduced beneath management. Sadly, some troopers sustained minor accidents from the stones thrown by the mob however no single protester was killed.

“The Nigerian Military is an expert and disciplined establishment that operates inside the purview of the structure and consistent with guidelines of engagement and Code of Conduct which serves as guides to troops in all army engagements.”

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