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Zaria: Army Denies Raping Shiites Women

… Says, No Apology for Doing its Works
Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna
The General Officer Commanding, (GOC) 1 Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade has said that, Nigerian Army has no apology for its recent encounter with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, known as the Shi’ite sect, in which the army was accused of raping female members of the movement during the clash, saying the allegation is totally untruth.
The GOC said that, the Army cannot fold its arms and watch any group or sect threatening the peace and stability of the country.
Addressing newsmen at the headquarters of 1 Division in Kaduna on Wednesday, the GOC said, the Army has no issue with the Shi’ites, saying “they are like any other sect in the land, “but as long as they obey the law of the land no problem, but if any group chooses to challenge the authority of the land, it means they do not value the sanctity of life and the constitution of Nigeria”.
“We have problem with those who choose to challenge the authority of the state and create a state within a state, who do not recognize the laws of the land.”
He insisted that the Army remains the guidance of Nigerian democracy, but states that an attempt on COAS is akin to an attempt on a sitting president.
Giving an overview of the activities of the division in 2015, the GOC said, “We want to re assure the members of the North West zone that the army will do everything possible as mandated by the constitution of Nigeria to protect our people and to enable the people go about their activities without molestation.
He said the Governors of the North West Have also been assisting in providing the necessary support and collaboration with the army and other agencies of Government in the zone to make sure everything is peaceful.
He gave the names of some of the operations in the zone as, operation MESSA, Operation restore peace, operation Sharan Daji, among others.
Giving an update of Cattle rustling and banditry the GOC said 37,000 livestock have been rescued and have been handed over to the state committees who are charged with the responsibility of handing it over to their owners.
Also arrested were 294 cattle rustlers who have been handed over to the police for prosecution, 101 armed bandits killed and weapons recovered and 200 camps destroyed.
In the cause of the year, 6 soldiers were killed in the cause of the operation while about 10 were seriously wounded and 2 soldiers missing in the cause of the operation.
According to the GOC, Boko Haram has been defeated, saying what is happening now is mop up operation and solicited solicit support from the communities and about 21 elements of BH have been picked up within the zone .
There is no organisation in the land that respects the sanctity of life than the Army, because that is the business we do to safe guard the life of the people.
“In the cause of doing our work we make no apology to any group that constitute obstacle to our protecting the life of Nigerians in the zone”. he said.
Shiites women, under the umbrella of Sisters Forum of Islamic Movement of Nigeria protest in kaduna recently during which they accused Nigeria army of Rapes of their member during the clash in Zaria.

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