Army Authorities Deny Killing Protesters At Dangote Sugar Company Premises


Richard Ginika Izuora
The Headquarters 23 Brigade Nigerian Army has denied what it described as a mischievous Sahara Reporters story alleging soldiers opened fire on protesting staff of  Dangote Sugar Company at Gyawana district under Lafiya Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa state.
According to Major, Haruna Mohammed Sani, Assistant Director Army Public Relations 23 Brigade Yola, “In order to give the proper perspective on the  libelous narrative, this headquarters wishes to inform the general public that on  15 July 2021 at about 2: 00 pm, the Gyawana community staged a protest against the management of Dangote Sugar Company threatening to shut down the establishment and abduct foreign expatriates for sacking some staff of the company who are members of the host community.”

Sani, said that efforts to calm the situation by the Nigerian Police and personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence corps proved abortive as the irate youths, wielding cutlasses,machettes and other dangerous weapons, overpowered them.

Continuing, he said, “When a distress call was made to an Internal Security outfit in Adamawa state Nicknamed Operation Farauta, comprising soldiers and other Para-military Agencies, they swiftly mobilized and moved to reinforce the Police and Civil Defence deployment at the location.  In the process, tear gas as well as warning shots were fired as some of the non- violent means of crowd dispersal and to further prevent own troops from being lynched by the mob.

“Consequently, the situation was brought under control. unfortunately, some soldiers sustained minor injuries from the stones thrown by the mob but no single protester was killed.”

Sani, observed that the Sahara Reporters’ story was therefore written in a haste without observing the basic tenets of objectivity and balance in news story writing. It is also a calculated attempt to dent the image of the Nigerian Army which is doing so much to ensure that the good people of Adamawa state  live in peace without threat to their lives and property.

“The Nigerian Army is a professional and disciplined institution that operates within the purview of the constitution and in line with Rules of Engagement  and Code of Conduct which serve as  guides to troops in all military engagements.
“Members of the general public are therefore enjoined to remain calm and  disregard the mischievous report while rendering support to  the Nigerian Army in her  resolve to discharge its constitutional mandate of aiding the civil authority when called upon to safeguard lives and property of law abiding citizens.” added Sani.


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