Army apologises for attack on Benue community

Benue State governor Samuel Ortom

The Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, Bamidele Ogunkale, has apologised to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for soldiers’ attack on a community in North Bank on August 15.

Ogunkale tendered the apology during a courtesy call on the Governor at the Peoples House, Makurdi, on Wednesday.

He said he had already instituted a commission of inquiry headed by the Deputy Commandant to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident, and assured that perpetrators would be punished.

The Commandant said the Army would collaborate with other security agencies to forestall a reoccurrence of such incident in the state.

He also announced the cancellation of plans to relocate the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (NAITES) and urged the people to patronise the institution.

Ogunkale appealed to the state government to provide logistics to the school to enable it resume pumping of water to the neighbouring community.

Ortom, in his response, assured that the state government was compiling a comprehensive report on the crisis​s and would forward it to President Muhammadu Buhari for necessary action.

He advised the military to always operate within the ambit of the law, adding that two “wrongs do not make a right”.

Ortom expressed satisfaction with the Commandant’s peace building efforts, and appealed for its sustainability.

He assured that though the state was not quite buoyant financially, he would provide the assistance the Commandant requested for.