Ex-Senate President, Lawan Seeks Investigation Into Military-Civilian Clash In Yobe



A former senate president, Ahmad Lawan, who represents Yobe North, has sought an investigation into the military/civilian clash, which led to the alleged killing of three civilians by soldiers in Gashu’a, the headquarters of Bade local government area in Yobe State.

The soldiers reportedly fired indiscriminately into groups of protesters who were approaching their stop-and-search checkpoint near Gashua bridge to protest the killing of a tricycle operator.

The President of the Ninth Senate, in a statement on Sunday, demanded a swift investigation by the military into the tragic incident.

“Efforts must be made by the Nigerian Army to ensure that the perpetrators behind the acts of violence are held accountable and responsible for their actions”.

“Gashua community has always been a peaceful place with calm people, who always give support and cooperate with the military, paramilitary, and, indeed, all government agents operating in the town” he said.

He further appealed to residents for calm, while assuring that he has already spoken with military authorities to ensure that those responsible are apprehended and dealt with according to the law. He emphasized that justice will be served.

“I am deeply saddened by Sunday’s tragic event that took place in Gashua, Yobe State, where soldiers allegedly killed three innocent civilians who were amongst those protesting the killing of a tricycle operator by the soldiers”.

“I call on the military authorities to swiftly investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the killings. Those behind these senseless acts of violence must be held accountable for their actions. Justice must be served for the victims and their families”, the statement reads in part.

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While urging the community of Gashua in the Bade local government area, to remain calm and peaceful amid the tragedy, he prayed with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives

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