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News - North East - Yobe Updated: April 15, 2024

Yobe: Lawan demands military probe of alleged killings by soldiers

By Abdulrazak Muhammad
April 15, 2024
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The Senator representing Yobe North Senatorial District, Ahmad Lawan has called on the military authorities to prove the alleged killing of civilians by soldiers on Sunday in Bade Local Government Area of the state.

Lawan who was the former President of the 9th Senate expressed sadness over the incident, describing it as tragic.

The former Senate President who made this known in a statement he personally signed on Sunday demanded swift investigation by the military into the tragic incident. 

Lawan, who currently chairs the Senate Committee on Defence said the Nigerian Army must make effort to bring perpetrators of the alleged violent act to book.

He equally urged residents to remain calm and assured them that he has already spoken with military authorities to ensure that those responsible are apprehended. 

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The statement partly reads: "I am deeply saddened by Sunday’s tragic event that took place in Gashua, Yobe State, where soldiers allegedly killed three innocent civilians who were amongst those protesting the killing of a tricycle operator by the soldiers. 

“I call on the military authorities to swiftly investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the killings. It is imperative that those behind these senseless acts of violence are held accountable for their actions. Justice must be served for the victims and their families.

“Accordingly, I have waded into the issue by contacting the Bade Local Government Chairman and Commanding Officer for an hourly brief to keep me abreast of developments. I have also taken responsibility for the treatment of all the 12 persons who sustained various forms of injuries from the attack by soldiers. 

“I urge the community of Gashua in Bade local government area, to remain calm and peaceful in the midst of this tragedy.

“I stand in solidarity and unity with the residents of Gashu’a during this difficult time to mourn the loss of innocent lives. Together, we can honour the memories of the lives lost and work towards a more peaceful and just society for all. 

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“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who died during this tragic incident. May the souls of the deceased rest in Aljannatul Firdaus.”

allnews.ng recalls that soldiers allegedly fired indiscriminately into groups of protesters, including Keke Napep riders who were approaching their stop-and-search checking point near Gashua bridge to protest the alleged killing of a tricycle operator by the soldiers in Gashu’a town of Bade LGA.

Three persons were allegedly killed while twelve others who sustained injuries were taken to the Federal Medical Centre Nguru for medical attention.

 

 

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