The Nigerian Army last week released a statement claiming that 11 officers were killed when gunmen ambushed some soldiers in Bosso, Niger State on the night Thursday 4 August 2016. Countering the claim, the senator representing Niger East at the National Assembly, David Umaru, has bemoaned the death of innocent civilians in the community, stating that several houses were set ablaze by soldiers in the attack.
“The armed soldiers drawn from the 31 Artillery Brigade in Minna and the Airforce base in Bosso, stormed the villages in a brutal commando style at about 1:00 am, waking up the sleeping villagers, causing distress and inflicting pains on them.
“When this time around the sleeping villagers were woken by the brutal force of the invasion in the thick of the night, the first thing that came to their mind was that it was another attack by the same Fulani herders.
“It is unfortunate that instead of the military to provide adequate protection to the helpless villagers, it has taken upon itself the onus of inflicting more pains on them in an unnecessary operation.
“It is disturbing to note that the military yesterday indiscriminately arrested over 60 people from these villages over this incident and are keeping them in detention in the Military Barracks in Minna.”