The Nigerian Army has described as propaganda, allegations that soldiers killed 17 cattle breeders in Southern Kaduna.
Chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Haruna Usman had alleged that soldiers attacked herdsmen in Daile Alkariyo village in Jama’a local government area of Kaduna state, on Monday.
He had said while many herdsmen sustained injuries and some were arrested, 47 houses belonging to them were destroyed by soldiers.
“A farmer was attacked in the community and they invited soldiers to settle the situation,” he said.
“When the security personnel arrived, they started to kill our people. As I speak to you now, about 17 of our members have been killed and 47 houses burnt.
“The military men burnt their homes and killed them. In fact one old man, almost 75 years old, was shot on the leg, he has only one leg, but they shot the other leg.”
But the army spokesman has said the allegations were not true.
“The allegation is most unfortunate and it is not true. It is most uncharitable and irresponsible of anyone to say so,” he said.
“Our soldiers have been selfless, professional and impartial in the discharge of their duties. The extent of our sacrifice and determination to bring peace and security is unquestionable.
“They should not in any way drag us into their propaganda. The unfortunate incident would be investigated and the whole world will know the truth.”