Army vows to punish killers of soldiers in Abonnema violence

Army vows to punish killers of soldiers in Abonnema violence

- The Nigerian Army has vowed to punish those found culpable in the killing of its men and other civilians in Abonnema during 2019 general elections

- Major General Taritimiye Gagariga urged members of the public not to hide any information that can help the soldiers arrest the suspected killers

- Alabo Tonye Douglas, a traditional ruler in Amanyanabo of the town, earlier asked the military to forgive the community due to the incident

The Nigerian Army declared that it will bring to justice those involved in the killing of its men and other civilians in the violence that rocked Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers state, during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

Vanguard reports that the Army made this known when a fact-finding team, led by Major General Taritimiye Gagariga, paid a visit to the Amanyanabo of the town, HRM King Disrael Bob-Manuel.

Gagariga urged media to correct misconceptions about military. He stated that the military would remain fair in its judgment on the incident, adding that anyone found culpable would be punished.

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He said: “Don’t worry, those who caused the problems in Abonnema would be apprehended and punished for justice to take its cause. If you have any information that will help us unravel this, please let us know."

Responding, the Amanyanabo called for calm among youths of the area, saying, “I know that this incident is saddening. But continue to trust the military and I know that those who are guilty will definitely be punished.”

Legit.ng reported that Alabo Tonye Douglas, a traditional ruler in Rivers state, Orubibiye Opuda VI of Abonnema, Akuku-Toru local government area, asked the military to forgive the community due to alleged killing of three soldiers by gunmen.

Douglas, a former minister of sports, who made this plea on Monday, March 4, lamented that over 5,000 residents of Abonnema have fled their homes because of fear of reprisal from the Army.

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He described the killing of the soldiers as unfortunate, blaming some misguided political gladiators in the area on the development.

The traditional ruler said: “What happened during the presidential and National Assembly elections in Abonnema is unfortunate and we totally apologise to the federal government and the Army."

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