Govt. orders arrest of killers of Nigerian soldiers

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government Monday ordered the arrest of those behind last week's killing of 16 soldiers deployed to the crisis-torn communities along the borders of the northern States of Benue and Taraba.
The order was part of decisions reached at the emergency meeting of the National Security Council, chaired by Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the presidential villa, Abuja.
An official source said the meeting also decided that all those fuelling the communal violence, involving the Tiv the Jukun communities, must be brought to justice.
The meeting directed the governors of the two States to enforce security and peace in the area, warning that a recurrence "will attract the full wrath of the law".
"This time, government is ready to apply the fullest permissible constitutional provisions in the handling of any recurrence.
"All security agencies in the area have been put on red alert," the source added.
The three-hour Abuja Council meeting was also attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi, Police Inspector General Musiliu Smith, Defence Minister Theophilus Danjuma, Benue governor George Akume and the Tor Tiv (traditional ruler of Benue), among others.
Monday media reports quoted Akume as saying the federal government had approved the deployment of more soldiers to the area to complement the efforts of the police.
Land ownership is at the core of the age-long internecine feud, which has claimed several lives and destroyed substantial property.

15 october 2001 19:22:00




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