How we were mistreated by soldiers – Nasarawa Youth

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Some residents of Yelwa Bassa in Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have accused solders of using machete to inflict injuries on them for allegedly defacing campaign billboards of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The four victims: Idris Tanimu, Mohammed Umar, Idris Ibrahim and Anas Abubakar, who are between 20 and 30 years old, told PREMIUM TIMES that they are innocent of the allegations and were wrongly victimised.

Narrating how they were treated, Mr. Abubakar said they were summoned before the community head, Joshua Dauda, for allegedly defacing billboards; before they were whipped with cutlasses.

Mr. Tanimu, a father of seven, who had machete cuts on his back, said they were severely beaten with machetes by soldiers after they were incarcerated in a store.

“The soldiers argued on whether to use cable (wires) or machete to whip us,” he said. “One of them then brought machetes from the Hilux van they came with and asked us to pull off our clothes and lie down; before they began to hit us”.

Also narrating his experience, Mr. Umar said they were accused of defacing the billboards of three PDP candidates: Danladi Jatau, vying for House of Assembly; Gaza Jonathan, House of Representative candidate for Keffi-Kokona-Karu constituency; and Ahmed Wadada Nasarawa West senatorial candidate”

When contacted on the allegations and the treatment meted out to the victims, the Nasarawa State secretary of the PDP, Adamu Oyanki, said he was not aware of the incident.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Umar Numan, also said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.

Efforts to get the military to react were also unsuccessful as Daniel John, an Army Captain who speaks for the army in Nasarawa, could not be reached on phone.


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  • Omotolaaraujo

    The Nigerian military are being used by the President. They are part and parcel of the corruption in government. Civilians and soldiers must continue to speak out about the abuse of their civil rights.

    • Bigzy

      So, in your opinion it is fine for Politicians to hire the youth to destroy their opponent’s campaign billboards? It is sad to note that you are not concerned with what they did because of politics.

      • bib

        Is guarding political party billboards the duty of soldiers?

        • Bigzy

          Is it your duty? Are they taking over your work?

          • bib

            No. It’s a law and order job belonging to the police.

          • Bigzy

            So, in your opinion the army is lawless and disorderly?

          • bib

            Let me come down to your level. Soldiers are for territorial defence. Policing to keep internal law and order is the duty of police. It’s the criminal negligence of this govt that brought the army into the matters of billboards.

          • Bigzy

            Now that you have climbed up to my level, if the police are not doing the job, why do you think that the army are barred? Are they not supposed to be complementary in the protection of the law? Is the crust of your absurdity not to leave the miscreant alone to get on with their vandalism?

          • bib

            Now that your understanding of duties of institutions is at the level of ambrela and dumbo, l leave you in peace.

          • Bigzy

            I am sure you have left in pieces, but heh, it is your prerogative.