In their continued show of force against criminal elements in Benue State, reports have it that the Nigerian Army has killed over 70 people in Benue State on Friday, 8th of April, 2021. The people of Mbator in Shangev-Tiev, a small village in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday claimed that at least 70 innocent persons were killed during an invasion by Nigerian soldiers.
Recall that News Agency of Nigeria had on Thursday reported how troops of the Operation Whirl-Stroke invaded the villages in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State. The operation, which involved the deployment of military helicopters using missile launchers, left scores of unarmed civilians dead and property said to worth billions of naira destroyed. About 200 houses including the palace of Tyoor Unaha Kôkô in Agidi and several cars in the village, which is now deserted were also set ablaze by the soldiers.
Addressing a press conference in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Friday morning, a group known as Shangev-Tiev Assembly (STA), stated that at least 15 other surrounding communities have been destroyed by the military since the aerial and ground raid against the villagers began three days ago.
Elder Tyoh Jude, who spoke on behalf of STA, said, “The army has so far razed and demolished farms, schools, hospitals and residences of Bonta, Tse-Jembe, Tse-Anyom, Gbinde, Mbaakpur, Aku, Agidi, Gungul, Adoka, Guleya, Awajir, Shiliki, Achoho and Ullam in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State, and yet they are still planning to do same to other neighboring towns within Konshisha Local Government Area of the state.
According to his words; “Our unarmed people are being killed intentionally in large numbers by armed personnel of the Nigerian Army. Presently, over 70 persons are reported dead and more than 100 people are missing, mostly women, children and the elderly and hundreds of thousands displaced.”
They called on the Nigerian government to prevail on the military to stop the ongoing killings of their people with immediate effect, while urging the Benue State government to ensure that the land under dispute is amicably demarcated.
“A panel of enquiry to include civil society organizations should be setup to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the crises and the roles of the military. Anyone found wanting should be punished in accordance with the laws of the land. Compensations should be given to all victims in Shangev Tiev,” the group stated.
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