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News - North East - Yobe Updated: April 22, 2024

Yobe: Lawan meets heads of security agencies over alleged killings by soldiers

By Abdulrazak Muhammad
April 22, 2024
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The former President of the Senate and Senator representing Yobe North, Ahmad Lawan has met with heads of security agencies over the alleged recent killing of civilians by soldiers in the state.

The meeting which held on Sunday at his residence in Gashua sought to find solutions to prevent future occurrence of the tragic incident.

allnews.ng recalls that soldiers allegedly killed three innocent civilians and injured others on April 14, 2024 who were amongst those protesting the killing of a tricycle operator by a military patrol vehicle. 

Lawan, who currently chairs the Senate Committee on Defence demanded for a probe of the incident by the Nigerian Army.

Over the weekend, the senator visited the victims who sustained injuries at the hospital and ordered settling of their medical bills by his foundation, the Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (SAIL) Foundation. 

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Meanwhile during the meeting with security heads, the senator expressed expressed deep concern over the incident and emphasised "the need for the military to adhere to the rules of engagement and respect human rights."

He further stressed the importance of collaboration between security agencies and the local communities in ensuring the safety and security of the people in Yobe North.

The senator who gave details of the meeting in a statement on Monday said he was briefed on the security situation in his constituency by the security heads and "assured that they would thoroughly investigate the incident and take appropriate action against those responsible."

He added that: "I urged the security agencies to be transparent in their investigations and to hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions. I also called for increased efforts to address the root causes of conflicts in Yobe North and to promote dialogue and reconciliation among all stakeholders."

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