Monday, 21 May 2018

Army Panel Report On Danjuma’s Allegation: Taraba Govt, Middle Belt Groups Differs

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The aftermath reaction of Nigeria Army panel report on General Danjuma’s Allegation that was submitted and that which exempted the Nigeria Army of any wrongdoings has come under intense reaction and reservations by the government of Taraba state and some middle belt groups.

The 10-man Army panel, which was inaugurated on April 9 this year, by the chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Burutai said in its report that there was no collusion on the part of the army and units operating in Taraba state with any bandit as stated by General Danjuma. It said there were a good collaboration, synergy and cooperation between the army and other security agencies operating in the state. It went further to dismiss Danjuma’s Claims and ask the elder statesman to take caution
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 “Most of the crises in Taraba are politically motivated and some persons are deliberately escalating the situation for selfish gains. With respect to the statement by Danjuma, it is clear that the allegations are not true. Hence, there is need to urge for caution on the part of the elder statesman, in view of the  security implications of such comments.”
Recall that General Danjuma had in March this year, advised Nigeria’s to defend themselves, saying soldiers were not neutral in the killings allegedly being perpetrated by armed Fulani herdsmen claiming soldiers colluded with bandits to kill people.
In reaction, the Taraba state Government and groups including Middle Belt organisation has expressed reservation by rejecting the panel report  to investigate the allegation levelled against soldiers by a former minister of Defense, Lt. Gen T.Y. Danjuma (rtd)
The State government and the groups stated this in separate statements made available to urban express news online that it is rejecting the report in its entirety.
It’s noted that what the army did was simply to take the position of a judge in its own case.
“The allegations were made against the army and what we expected them to do was to set up an independent panel to investigate the allegations and not to assemble their men to give them justice in their own case”.
“The armed forces should set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the allegations if they must be taken seriously”.
“The allegation that the army is colluding with the armed herdsmen to kill Nigerians was not only made by retired Lt.Gen. T.Y. Danjuma and the Taraba State Government, but the Amnesty International too accused the Army of complicity in the killings so they cannot deny that”.
“The Army was the one that set up the committee, provided terms of reference and received the report from the panel. No one was invited to review the report of the panel. They sat on the report and came up with their findings, so what do you expect?”
On the part of jukun people, the Jukun Development Association said it is rejecting the report, describing it as window dressing, adding that it was meant to appease the powers that be.
“We, the Jukun, have rejected the report. However, we are not surprised because we saw it coming.
“The evidence of collusion is so glaring for all to see. We are on the ground and we knew all that had happened, but the Army was the judge in its own case and it did what was pleasing to it,” he said.
Reacting to the panel report in a statement, the Tiv Cultural and Social Association Taraba State, said the army was deceiving the world.
“The army was the one accused of colluding with bandits to kill Nigerians and wondered why it still presided over the investigation”.

“We expected the army to have set up an independent joint civil and army committee to investigate the allegations is to prove to Nigerians and the world the truth or otherwise of the allegations”.

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