The Nigerian Army on Friday said its ongoing operation at Mbator in Shangev-Tiev of Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State was launched to apprehend the hoodlums that killed 11 Army personnel in the state.
The officer and soldiers’ bodies were discovered in Knoshisha after they were reported missing.
It would be recalled as earlier reported that the people of Mbator in Shangev-Tiev of Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State have accused Nigerian soldiers of killing at least 70 innocent persons.
Newsonspot.com.ng gathered that Bonta village of Mbator in Shangev-Tiev of Konshisha LGA and the Okpute-Ainu in Oju LGA have experienced several decades of land tussle with renewed hostility breaking out between both communities five days ago which led to the deployment of troops.
Speaking on Friday during a press conference in Makurdi, Benue, a group known as Shangev-Tiev Assembly (STA), accused the military of ravaging at least 15 other communities, destroying schools and hospitals in the process.
Responding to reports of alleged killing and arson by soldiers, Army spokesman Brig. General Muhammad Yerima said “We are not killing people in Benue State. They know how to kill people and they are afraid not to be killed.
“We are not killing anybody, all we are doing is searching for the people that killed the soldiers and we will find the people.
“Whoever said we are killing people and destroying properties is telling lies. The report on the internet about soldiers killing people in Benue is false. We are searching for those who killed the 11 soldiers, that’s all we are doing”.