Army refutes media report on killing of 17 herdsmen by soldiers

Kaduna, March 29, 2017 (TNE) :The Nigerian Army has refuted social media reports of an alleged killing of 17 herdsmen by soldiers in Southern Kaduna.

A statement issued in Kaduna by Col. Kingsley Umoh, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, dismissed the report as unfounded and irresponsible.

He said that the mandate of the army in the area was to restore peace and ensure mutual coexistence among the people, and asked those spreading the false reports to desist.

The spokesman explained that personnel deployed to the area had developed robust relationships with traditional rulers, community leaders, the Miyetti Allah and other stakeholders.

”We appeal to citizens, community leaders and other stakeholders to always speak and act in the interest of peace.

”It serves no useful purpose to continue to fabricate stories about the already delicate security situation in southern Kaduna.” he said.

Umoh said that the Army remained committed to the return of peace to the entire area.

According to him, soldiers deployed to the area have been conducting cordon-and- search operations and have tracked down suspects believed to be involved in some recent security breaches in the area.

”In total, two miscreants were killed and two are in custody in Southern Kaduna within the period from 19-22 March 2017.”

The spokesperson said troops have also maintained day and night patrols on Gidan Waya-Jagindi-Asso road and environs. (TNE)

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