It was shocking, as the Nigeria Army
admitted to committing a serious error leading to the death of 22 people
killed inside a primary school by suspected Fulani herdsmen, at Bassa
Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Recall, that there has been violent clashes in Plateau, that have led to the untimely death of several people.
Daily Trust reports that Commander of
Operations Save Haven, Anthony Atolage, said the Soldiers asked the
people to take refuge in the school when the attack started, but the
Soldiers deserted the school to chase after the gunmen.
asked the people to go to the school, and when the shooting started,
some people were shouting; the Soldiers said let them go and drive them
away. 12 of our men were guarding the school, they went after the
attackers to drive them away, but before my men came back, some
attackers came and killed them in the school”, Atolagbe said.
Most of the people killed in the school were children and women.
Atolagbe denied the accusations that the Soldiers invited the Fulani herdsmen to kill the people in the school.
“We cannot take sides”, he said.
“Since I have been in
this operation, we have started doing a lot of things. We have
stakeholders meeting at OPSH headquarters and at the level of the
sector, in order to promote peace and avoid a crisis. There are a
compulsory two times stakeholders meeting every week.”
He further stated that the Army had
deployed motorcycle squads trained outside the country to patrol the
areas and prevent future attacks.
Atolagbe confirmed that no arrest had
been made, but he said the task force was working round the clock to
arrest the perpetrators.