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Fear Grips Gboko Residents As Soldiers Parade Streets

Fear has gripped residents of Gboko town, the ancestral home of the Tiv nation, as troops of the Nigerian Army in seven trucks moved into the city occupying major streets.

LEADERSHIP correspondent gathered that Gboko had last Wednesday witnessed serious skirmishes where the police confirmed the death of seven persons.

LEADERSHIP Friday gathered that prior to the arrival of the army in the town, information had filtered in that the mission of the army was to allegedly destroy the town following the killing of some travelers in the area the previous day by criminals.

However, in a swift reaction, spokesman for the Army, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces, Major Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, in a telephone conversation debunked the insinuation that the soldiers were deployed to Gboko to cause harm to anyone but to keep the peace and maintain law and order.

LEADERSHIP, February 2, 2018

 

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