Army sets up panel to probe allegation by Danjuma on soldiers’ collusion

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The Nigerian Army has set up a high powered committee to investigate an allegation made by former Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), that troops are colluding with armed militants and herdsmen to kill farmers in the middle belt region.

The committee, inaugurated by Chief Army of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, is headed by Maj. Gen. Joseph Nimmyel (rtd).

Buratai told the committee that Danjuma’s allegation on a national burning issue must be investigated thoroughly.

He said, “Some of these concerns have come from the state governments, non-governmental organisations and very senior citizens from the state. Most recently, on the 24th of March 2018, a former Chief of Army, Lt. Gen. Danjuma (rtd), speaking during the convocation ceremony of the Taraba State University, alleged that the armed forces colluded with armed bandits and other criminal elements.

“Statements of this nature could damage the reputation of the armed forces and thus cannot be ignored if the army is to continue to earn the trust and respect of the Nigerian populace. Thus it became imperative to set up this panel to confirm the veracity or otherwise of these allegations.”

Other members of the committee are Brigadier Generals Saka Abubakar, Sani Mohammed, Kayode Olajide, Alexander Ridley, Stanley Eze and Colonel Gambo Mohammed.

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