Monday, October 29, 2018

‘Why army killed members of Islamic sect’ ITREALMS

The Nigerian Army has adduced some reasons why its troop on Saturday, killed three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

According to Commander Army Headquarters Garrison, Major General James Myam in a press statement made available to ITREALMS said that the group was trying to overrun an army ammunitions escort at Zuba bridge in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday afternoon.

“Troops of Army Headquarters Garrison on official duty escorting ammunitions and missiles from Abuja to Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State were attacked by some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) sect at Zuba bridge at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at about 3.00pm on Saturday 27th October 2018,” he explained.

He equally said, the sect were supposedly in a procession, but established an illegal road block denying motorists free passage.

“When the troops’ convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect. Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items. They smashed both military and civilian vehicles’ windscreens and windows,” he said.

As narrated by the army, the Islamic group, also attempted to overrun the escorts to cart away the ammunition and missiles the troops were escorting. This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves. Consequently, troops of 102 Guards Battalion in whose Area of Responsibility the incident occurred rushed to the convoy’s rescue.

The army described as “Unfortunately, during the encounter 3 members of the sect were killed while 2 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at a military medical facility.”

The commander further said that normalcy has been restored in the general area and members of the public especially those plying the Abuja - Zuba Road are requested to go about with their normal activities with the assurance from the Nigerian Army that no individual or persons would be allowed to disturb public peace and unprovoked attacks against military convoys.

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