Stop searching for 'scapegoats' in Nigerian Army - Group tells Taraba government

Stop searching for 'scapegoats' in Nigerian Army - Group tells Taraba government

- A nongovernmental organisation has written the to the Taraba state government over the rejection of the Army special report in killings in the state

- The group also said the allegation levelled on the Army by a former chief of Army staff, Theophilus Danjuma is unbelivable

- According to the organisation, the military panel adequately and fairly represented all interests

A group has written to the Taraba state government over the rejection of the report of the special military panel on the killings in the state.

The Initiative For Truth (IFT) said the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, had immediately acted on the allegations, by setting up a 10-member special military probe panel, chaired by General John Nimyel to unravel the truth or falsity of the allegations against the Nigerian Army.

IFT said information at the disposal of the organisation indicate that members of the military probe panel were received in audience and collated written and verbal submissions from virtually all stakeholders except a former army chief, Theophilus Danjuma.

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Accusing Danjuma of tactically avoided the panel, the organisation said the military panel adequately and fairly represented all interests.

In a letter signed by the executive director of IFT, Hosea Aliyu, the organisation said the organisation searched for cogent reason(s) to necessitate the rejection of the panel’s report by the Taraba state government and its governor Darius Ishaku but could not find any.

Aliyu said: "To IFT’s greatest bewilderment, the Taraba State Government, by implication, Gov. Dickson Darius Ishaku through a press statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu, unreservedly rejected and condemned the panel’s report as discreditable and biased in favour of the Nigerian Army."

It is bemusing that Taraba State Government pinned its rejection of the Military Panel’s reports on the flimsy tripod of: that himself as governor, Taraba people and Nigerians witnessed the allegation of collusion of the Army with herdsmen to massacre the people. What a casual and simplistic manner of running conclusions on a serious matter.

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It has kept the IFT wondering whether Mr. Governor’s testimony and others at the panel was not enough and he thinks every Nigerian or Taraban citizen would have testified before according the report is given it’s deserved respect.  This mindset is certainly, a comical yardstick of measuring the complicity of anyone in an alleged criminal act," he said.

"Again, was Ishaku expecting a pre-determined report from the Panel?  It is sadly lending credence to insinuations’ in public domain that the Governor’s fresh anger is spurred by his fruitless attempts to influence the outcome of the Panel’s report.

Indubitably, at every point, they desperately scout for an opportunity to blur the possibility of nemesis visiting its wrath on them. It is the  same state armed militia the Governor used in executing the Mambilla killings  that were  deployed  for the escalation of the same crisis in the  wider parts of  Taraba state.

Let us caution Governor Ishaku  once again. He is free to display his street wisdom in governing Taraba state. But let him restrict himself to manipulating his local folks in the state. To contemplate dragging the Nigerian Army into his mess by maligning this revered institution for personal motives is really unwise, senseless and inconsequential," Aliyu added.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that some Nigerian Army troops deployed to the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba state arrested some criminal involved in killings in the state.

The suspected criminals were arrested through the collaboration of the Nigeria Police on Saturday, March 31.

Items recovered from one of the suspects Amos Titus- 35, include sheets of zinc, bed and locally made pistol. Some of the alleged criminals arrested in Taraba state.

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