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Danjuma's Comment: We Have Received Reports Of Soldiers' Misconduct But None From Taraba - FG

Danjuma's Comment: We Have Received Reports Of Soldiers' Misconduct But None From Taraba - FG

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali

The Federal Government has revealed that it has been receiving reports of misconduct by men of the Nigerian army.

The Ministry of Defence on Monday admitted receiving reports from Nigerians on the misconduct by soldiers as regards the farmers and herdsmen’s clashes, but had yet to receive any report from Taraba State, adding that its doors were open to complaints from Nigerians on the activities of the troops.

Recall that a former Defence Minister, TY Danjuma had accused the soldiers of bias and colluding with herdsmen to kill people in Taraba state.

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Speaking through Col. Tukur Gusau, spokesperson for the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali in an interview with Punch on Monday, Ali said: “There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state (Taraba) and of course, some rural states in Nigeria, we must resist it. We must stop it.

Everyone of us must rise up. Our armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians… If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.”

The defence ministry in a release on Sunday had said Danjuma’s comment was “highly uncalled for,” and asked Nigerians to report any member of the armed forces, suspected to be colluding with herdsmen.

On Monday, the defence minister’s Public Relations Officer, Gusau, also said that some soldiers had undergone “disciplinary procedures” after complaints received from Nigerians.

Gusau said, “We have the Human Rights violation desk in all the formations of the Nigerian Army and a similar channel in the other arms of the military. Nigerians can also come directly to the Ministry of Defence. They can go to the Nigerian Army headquarters. Our doors are always open.

“If a soldier on duty has done something you feel is inappropriate, you have a duty to report that soldier. The office of the defence minister is open to everyone.

“The era where civilians are afraid of military actions is gone. Yes, we have been having such reports about the misconduct of soldiers in the theatre of operation. Nigerians have been coming to report incidents and we have been taking care of them. There have been disciplinary procedures. Soldiers have been put through disciplinary procedures.

“We have not received anything yet from Taraba State. We need to work on specific things. To my knowledge, we didn’t receive anything in respect of our operations in Taraba State.”

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