Herdsmen Attacks Aided By Soldiers. Attacked Communities Tell Panel

 Herdsmen Attacks Aided By Soldiers. Attacked Communities Tell Panel

Soldiers involved in the anti-terrorism fight and other protection details have been accused of being complicit in herdsmen attacks.

This accusation was made by the residents of Moon Valley communities in Benue state when called by the Presidential Panel set up to investigate alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian Army.

The residents described, with the aid of their counsel, Mike Utsaha, how they were sacked from their homes, lost 28 people to death and had property destroyed by men of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army.

The accusations and more are contained in an 18-page memorandum the community submitted to the panel.

It details a sustained campaign of attacks on the communities by herdsmen with the aid of soldiers and which lasted from 2015 till 2017.

Speaking as an eye-witness, Jacob Kwaghkper, a retired Deputy Director at the National Commission for Colleges of Education, said: “The soldiers are even providing security for the herdsmen, who are occupying the ancestral lands of the communities.

The displaced people of the communities, who escaped from the series of sustained attacks, have become refugees in Cameroon and internally displaced persons, taking shelter in various places in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state, under the watchful eyes of both the federal and state government without any form of assistance.

They (the communities) begged the court to grant them reprieve from the attacks and also have the destroyed schools, places of worship and other destroyed property restored. 

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