The defence headquarters said it had done a preliminary investigation of the killings.
The Defence Headquarters has denied claims allegedly made by the CNN and Aljazeera that soldiers were responsible for the killing, Sunday morning, of over 20 people in Dogo Dawa village of Kaduna State.
In a statement by Mohammed Yerima, a Colonel and Director, Defence Information, the Defence Headquarters said its “investigation revealed that the killing was a reprisal attack by a gang of armed robbers who lost some of their members after a recent raid of their hide out through the combined effort of the villagers and the vigilante group in that community.”
The military said “no member of the Nigerian Armed Forces was involved in the said attack.”
“We are committed to the defence and protection of our country’s hard earned democracy and more importantly, the Nigerian Armed Forces belong to the Nigerian people and cannot be an instrument of lawlessness and destruction of the very people it has sworn to protect, as alleged by the reports,” the Defence Headquarters said.
They asked members of the public to go about their daily activities “without any fear of molestation from any quarter, and to also report any breach of peace and security in the society to law enforcement agencies.”