Why We Destroyed School, Cart Away Cash In Taraba — Army


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It will be recalled that on Sunday, according to punchng, Prince Paul Gaza, an alleged Taraba entreprenuer, who also claimed to be the proprietor of Excel Wisdom Academy, Peva Chanchanj, had accused the Nigerian soldiers of burning down his secondary school, stealing the sum of N1,237,000 and three motorcycles, during a mafian-style invasion in Peva, a town in the Takum local government of Taraba State.

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The supposed victim had further emphasized that he had no ties with bandits, as he said: “I am a popular person in that community. Everybody can attest to my character. I challenge the Nigerian Army to come out with evidence against me that I am a criminal or bandit.”

However, in it’s reaction to the allegations published by the online news medium, the Defence Headquarters revealed that what the so-called “businessman” is peddling around is a misinformation and outright falsehood.

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According to the Defense Headquaters in a statement via a Tweet on Sunday evening, it was revealed that following credible intelligence on the possible hideout of wanted Benue militia leader Terwase Akwaza aka “Gana”, around the general area of Tse-Audu village of Donga local government of Taraba State, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, had conducted a dawn raid at an identified hideout in Tse-Audu village.

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However, the hideout was deserted as the bandits fled before troops’ arrival. Troops combed the hideout and recovered one locally made rifle, 2 camouflage uniforms, one dog-tag and some substances suspected to be Indian hemp as well as charms. The hideout was then destroyed.

Subsequently, the troops were said to have proceeded to Chachanji village where a school, shop and building belonging to same militia leader “Gana” were identified and searched.

Consequently, the search was said to have yielded rewards, as troops discovered one locally made mortar tube, one locally made rifle and 13 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The buildings were subsequently destroyed to deny Gana and his cohorts the use of the facilities to advance their criminal activities.

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Moreover, the military stated that, the targeted structures indeed belong to the notorious “Gana” and not Mr Gaza as being falsely peddled, because it acted on credible and actionable intelligence from both technical and human sources.

Conclusively, the Defence Headquarters enjoins journalists in particular and media outfits in general, to get their facts right, before publishing stories.

Considering the insecurity situation in the country, do you think the government and the military are doing enough to put an end to this incessant attacks and killings in the Northern region of the country ?


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