Attack on Benue federal lawmaker: Reps summon Army Chiefs


By Aaron Ossai

Following an attack on a member of the House of Representatives from Benue state, Hon. Kpam Sokpo on the eve of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, the House has summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya and the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor.

Moving a motion on the matter at yesterday’s plenary; Hon. Mark Gbila said that soldiers attacked the lawmaker alongside some other civilians during the governorship election on March 18.

He explained that the soldiers stormed Old Barn Hotel, Gboko in Benue State and assaulted Mr Sokpo and the others alleging that same soldiers killed two persons in an extra-judicial manner.

“These military men, numbering over 20, stormed the hotel in Nigerian Army trucks and dressed in military uniforms but without any identifiers such as nametags, any form of personal identity or ranks.

“This same team of soldiers was allegedly responsible for the extrajudicial killings of at least two persons in Gboko in two separate instances on the same day,” he stated.

After a robust debate on the matter, the House resolved that the military heads must appear before it and provide the identity of the officers.