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Nigerian army

Nigeria on Friday faulted claims by former chief of army staff retired Gen. T.Y Danjuma that there was collusion between the army and bandits in northern Taraba state.

Allegations against the army by Danjuma, a former defense minister that it colluded with militia in Taraba and refused to protect the people were untrue, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He gave details of the findings of the 10-member panel the Army constituted to probe the allegations.

The panel, which comprised serving and retired army personnel, representatives of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), was set up on April 10. It submitted its report of April 25.

Danjuma, on March 24 at the convocation of Taraba State University in Jalingo, alleged that some troops on internal operation in Taraba colluded with killers and herdsmen who attacked communities in the state.
He said the troops failed to protect the residents against the attacks.

Danjuma said the unnecessary killings, which were akin to an act of ethnic cleansing being perpetuated against the people of Taraba, specifically and Nigeria at large, must stop.

He accused the military of being part of the killings.

But Buratai, said with respect to the statement by Lt.-Gen. T.Y. Danjuma, it is clear that the allegations were not true.

“There is a need to urge for caution on the part of the elder statesman in view of the security implication of such comments,” he added.

Buratai exonerated the army, saying that there was no collusion between it and bandits in Taraba as alleged by the former chief of army staff.

He told reporters that the panel found that Taraba governor made several attempts to remove the Commanding Officer of 9 Battalion, Lt.-Col. I.B. Gambari, for his refusal to be dragged into the state politics. Enditem

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