Unmask Jos Attackers Now Senate Tells Military

Unmask Jos Attackers Now Senate Tells Military

The Senate yesterday directed its
Committee on Defence to inquire from
the Military High Command the identity
of the assailants that attacked Barkin-
Ladi in the early hours of Saturday, May
2. While expressing sympathy with the
people of Plateau State, the Deputy
Senate President, Senator Ike
Ekwerenmadu, who presided over the
affairs at the Senate’s chamber,prayed
that insurgency in Nigeria will come to
end soon. “We condemn it and (we)
hope (that) it will come to an end at the
shortest possible time. Since we are not
sure whether this attack came from the
Armed Forces or insurgents or armed
militia.
“Let me quickly suggest that the
Committee on Defense should contact
the military high command to verify
the identity of those who carried out
this attack,” he said. Earlier, while
raising a Point of Order, Senator Victor
Lar, said that the assailants came in 11
Toyota Hilux vehicles and dressed like
men of the Nigerian Army. He said that
the attackers raided five villages,
leaving 50 people dead, over 100
wounded and 20,000 others displaced.
“The immediate cause of the attack is
not known. We suspect that these are
armed militias, or Boko Haram or
soldiers but they are using Nigerian
Army uniforms.
“They are using equipment that are
exclusively known and reserved for use
by the Nigerian Army, but their
operations tended to imply that they
are not genuine Nigerian Army
personnel because they used
machetes. “They shot at and killed
women and children. They killed
uniform policemen and civil defence
personnel. They burnt down every
house within reach, and they used
petrol to burn the bodies of the victims
that they killed,” he alleged.Lar stressed
that the attacks were war crimes, which
contravened the provisions of the
Geneva Convention. He, therefore,
urged the Senate to put its relevant
committee in motion to investigate the
attack and ensure that the military
command proves or disproves that it
was its men that attacked the villages.
“I plead that this Senate shows the
usual understanding it has been
showing in attending to the plight of
members of my constituency,” he
added

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