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Why we closed Banex plaza in Abuja — Army

Why we closed Banex plaza in Abuja — Army

The Nigerian Army has revealed why it closed the popular Banex plaza in Abuja over the weekend, attributing it to an incident involving the attack on its personnel.

The Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Tuesday said some army personnel were brutally attacked by unidentified hoodlums in the plaza located at Wuse area of the capital city on Saturday.

He explained that it took the intervention of the police and soldiers to rescue the personnel from being lynched by the suspected hoodlums.

Nwachukwu explained that the Nigerian Army had to close down the place to carry out an extensive investigation into the cause of the incident.

He added that the investigation was equally aimed at ensuring the security of the Federal Capital Territory and to prevent further attacks on its personnel and other security operatives.

The statement partly reads: "It is important to note that the soldiers attacked were unarmed, did not engage in any form of aggression, and posed no threat to anyone. Therefore, the cruel treatment meted out to them was entirely unwarranted and unjustifiable.

"In response to this unfortunate incident, a meeting was convened with the management of Banex Plaza to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous act by temporarily shutting down activities in the plaza to ensure that the hoodlums who have been using the Banex neighbourhood as a sanctuary to pose a security threat to the Federal Capital Territory were apprehended. 

"This is in furtherance of the need for an extensive investigation to be conducted at the scene to determine both the immediate and underlying causes of this mayhem. 

"This investigation ultimately aims at ensuring the security of the Federal Capital Territory and to prevent such unwarranted attacks on own personnel and other security operatives, as has been observed in other areas, such as the unfortunate attack in Okuama.

"The Nigerian Army will equally ensure that it diligently investigates the circumstances surrounding the presence of the personnel at the plaza and the attack that ensued.

"Nonetheless, such acts of violence against personnel are not only condemnable but could degenerate into a breakdown of law and order, orchestrating threats to national security.

"Accordingly, the NA enjoins members of the public to exercise caution and restraint in dealing with military personnel and other security operatives, especially when they are in uniform. 

"There are established channels through which grievances or misconduct by personnel could be reported to the appropriate authorities. It is imperative that these channels are utilized to maintain order and respect for those who serve and protect our nation."


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