Reps move against killing of troops on peace operations 

The House of Representatives has urged security agencies in the country to conduct a thorough and wholesome investigation into the circumstances that led to reported killing of troops during peace operation across the country.

The House described the killings as heartless, gruesome and despicable murder however urged the security agencies to exercise restraint in the application of military force on civilians, as it mandated its Committee on Defence to interface with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to ensure compliance and observed a minute silence for the soul of the five military personnel killed in the most recent attack in Abia state.

In a motion on the “urgent need to stop incessant and gruesome killing of military personnel on peace mission,” Hon. Makki Abubakar noted the needless and gruesome murder of military personnel who are often on peace missions across the country.

“This act of attacking and killing military personnel is often carried out through surprise attacks on military formations, including check points and even those on routine patrols”, he said.

He added that he was saddened by the recent brutal attack on military personnel at a checkpoint at Obikabia Junction in Aba, Abia state, where five soldiers were horrendously murdered by suspected gunmen.

“I’m also saddened that the perpetrators of the act destroyed and burnt down the military vehicles at the checkpoint while some soldiers narrowly escaped with gunshot injuries. These military personnel were on a peace mission in their service to their fatherland and ensuring the security of lives and property in that area”, he stated.