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Aba Killings: Reps Order Probe As Army Denies Mass Killings

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The House of Representatives has ordered security agencies in the country to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances leading to the murder of soldiers by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

Adopting a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Abubakar Yalleman, the House asked its committees on Defence to work with the Armed Forces and ensure a thorough investigation to identify those responsible for the act.

Yalleman lamented the needless and gruesome murder of the military personnel who were on peace missions, adding that the act has become a recurring decimal across the country.

Yalleman at the time the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was lampooning President Bola Tinubu’s alleged order for the military to retaliate against the killing of soldiers in Abia State.

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According to him, this act of attacking and killing military personnel is often carried out through surprise attacks on military formations including checkpoints and even those on routine patrols.
He said the military personnel were on a peace mission in their service to their fatherland and ensuring the security of lives and property in that area.

He added that the form of attack and killing of military personnel by gunmen in the South East and other parts of Nigeria has the potential to dampen the morale of our armed forces, endangering the lives and property of Nigerians and affecting the insecurity war which has so far recorded some successes.

He said this could also lead to a retaliatory attack by the military and cause huge collateral damage to the people.

In his contribution, chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson said the attacks on military and security formations are provocative to the Armed Forces, describing them as one of the most priced assets that sacrificed so much in defence of the country.

He, however, commended President Bola Tinubu for his quick intervention in demanding that those responsible be fished out and brought to justice.

While appreciating the proactive action of the Deputy Speaker in dousing tension and setting up a fund for the families of the affected soldiers, the Chairman of the House Committee on Navy, Yusuf Gagdi expressed concern that while the House was advocating measures to end insecurity in the country, those who put their lives on the line to serve the country are being killed by non-state actors.

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