No fewer than 39 soldiers have attacked a community in Makurdi, the Benue state capital in fight over a lady married out to a community member.
The Nation reports that the soldiers from the Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering (NASME) laid siege on the community in the north bank area of Makurdi, where they vandalised not less than 200 vehicles and stole mobile phones, TV set, radio and other personal effects belonging to the residents.
The soldiers were also alleged to have raped some women, although this claim could not be ascertained by the Nation’s correspondent who was on ground, but it was confirmed that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Samuel Attah, was beaten up in the process and his new Toyota Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) was also smashed.
Further reports say the soldiers went on rampage because a girl courted by one of them was given out in marriage to another man in the Hausa community and the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who returned from Abuja on hearing the news, visited the community.
The governor also informed that about 33 of the soldiers involved in the incident have been arrested and detained according to a brief from the commandant, as he condemned the act of impunity carried out by the military men.
“No soldier will go scot free. This is senseless, this is madness. My heart is bleeding with blood. Why should those who are supposed to protect us turn their guns against us?
“This is unacceptable and it would be the last attack on Hausa community who are peace -loving,” he said.
This incident is coming at a time when some officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started heavy bombardment of Sambisa Forest, the notorious hideout of Boko Haram insurgents.