Thursday, April 17, 2014

Orji Kalu blames JTF for Baga killings

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Baga was completely burnt down as 185 were allegedly killed by soldiers … Photo: via google

The former governor says that the task force should be held liable for such high civilian casualty rate at Baga, Borno.

A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, has called for a review of the operations of the Joint Task Force, JTF, following the killing of 185 persons during a gun battle between the Force and insurgents in Baga, Borno State.

“Now, it is very obvious that the Presidency has to review the activities of the JTF as some prominent and not so prominent Nigerians have demanded over time,” Mr. Kalu said.

Mr. Kalu said that the task force should be held liable for such high civilian casualty rate in a village of a few thousand people.

“If indeed the officers and men of the JTF had played by their rules of engagement, there should not have been such high number of deaths in a small village such as Baga.

“I wonder who was the military commander that gave the order for civilians to be shot at, even if suspected terrorists were using them as human shield. This is sheer mindlessness,” he declared.

“We cannot continue to have such high civilian casualty rates capable of inciting more violence. It is not just enough to find out what transpired between Friday night and Saturday morning that led to the deaths but also to take another look at the entire operations of the JTF as several Nigerians have demanded.” he said

The former governor also appealed to the people of Baga not to take the laws into their hands but wait for the government to mete out punishment to anyone found culpable.

Mr. Kalu commiserated with those who have lost loved ones and prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed in the shootout.

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