NBA Accuses Soldiers Of Raping Women In Cross River

nba accuses soldiers of raping women in cross river
nba accuses soldiers of raping women in cross river

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has requested that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army authorities immediately withdraw their troops from the Cross River State settlements of Nko and Onyedama.

More than a week ago, the army were deployed there to quiet a communal conflict.

The NBA stated that instead of maintaining calm in the community, the military had resorted to wanton cruelty, raping of women, and damage of property.

The Daily Trust remembers that Governor Ben Ayade recently dethroned two traditional rulers and asked that the communities produce six soldiers said to have been killed in the communal conflict.

On Saturday evening, the Nko youngsters allegedly shot an army commander and six other troops, accusing them of siding with their adversaries.

Although the teenagers have accused soldiers of going from house to house killing locals, the governor has ordered the army to continue its operation in the Nko village until those responsible for the shooting of six soldiers are brought to justice.

The chairman of the NBA in Cross River, Attah Ochinke, and his secretary, Eno Edet, issued a statement yesterday urging the GOC of 82 Division, Enugu, to warn the army against reprisals against the locals.

NBA stated, “We appeal on citizens with access to these institutions to stop the carnage. The current scorched earth approach is a disgrace to the training and discipline of the Nigerian Army and a violation of Nigerian law.

“Army retribution, no matter how self-righteous, cannot replace legal due process.

“We appeal to the governor to rescind or revoke his orders to the troops in order to prevent further loss of innocent life.” We encourage the state administration to reconsider and adopt the recommendations of the crisis investigation panel.

“Perhaps this will bring an end to the situation and spare citizens the annual embarrassment and danger posed by these fights.”

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