- The Defence Headquarters has described as a report claiming soldiers killed four people and dumped them in a pond in Jos
- According to DHQ, soldiers indeed arrested some hoodlums who attempted looting the house of ex-speaker of the House of Reps, Dogara
- Nobody was, however, killed as all the arrested hoodlums were paraded before the media, DHQ stated
The Defence Headquarters has denied a media report claiming four persons were killed by soldiers and their bodies dumped in a pond in Jos during the clampdown on looters of private properties in Plateau state.
The coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement released on Saturday, October 31, described the report as malicious and mischievous.
Enenche explained that the soldiers attached to the Special Task Force (STF), Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), were never engaged in any professional misconduct in preventing criminals from perpetrating crimes in the state.
According to him, the troops in an attempt to stop hoodlums from looting the residence of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Sunday, October 25, only arrested the perpetrators.
According to him, the hoodlums and vandals invaded the private property of the former speaker at Lamingo, with a view to looting it.
“Consequently, troops of the STF, OPSH, which are saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace and tranquillity in Plateau State and environs were immediately deployed to bring the situation under control.
“Guided by extant Rules of Engagement and Standing Operating Procedures for such situations, the highly professional troops arrived at the residence and apprehended a total number of 30 looters.
“Additionally, a total of 114 hoodlums comprising 21 females and 93 males were apprehended for looting."
He recalled that Headquarters Operation Safe Haven briefed the press on the arrests which were widely reported in various mainstream and online media.
Enenche also disclosed that 41 suspected hoodlums comprising six females and 35 males were also arrested and thereafter released after profiling.
In another report, the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos, from where soldiers were deployed to Lekki Tollgate during EndSARS protests on Tuesday, October 20, has denied claims that its men opened fire on peaceful protesters.
However, Major Osoba Olaniyi, the acting deputy director of the division's public relations department, on Tuesday, October 27, admitted that the order for the deployment of soldiers was given by the Lagos state government.
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