The Sports Bay

Uncategorized

16 men arrested by Nigeria soldiers ‘found dead’

Sixteen men who were arrested by Nigerian soldiers in the country’s northeast were found dead just hours later with bullet wounds, community leaders said on today, demanding an inquiry.

Troops rounded up 17 people, including an imam, from the Dogo Tebo area of Potiskum in Yobe state as they left a mosque after morning prayers yesterday.

Residents and hospital staff said the bodies of all but the imam were later found in the morgue at the Potiskum General Hospital.

“All the bodies have gunshot wounds on them,” said a nurse, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The bodies had been brought in by soldiers and were formally identified by community leaders and residents from Dogo Tegbo, he said.

One resident, Tukur Danu, said the cleric was not among the dead and added: “We are worried about what they could do to him.”

Potiskum is the commercial hub of Yobe state, which with neighbouring Borno and Adamawa state has been under emergency rule since May last year because of the Boko Haram insurgency.

On Monday, at least 15 people were killed and some 50 others were injured in a suicide bombing targeting a major Shia Muslim festival in Potiskum.

The head of the Shia community in the city, Mustapha Lawan Nasidi, said at the time that several other people died when troops who deployed to the scene opened fire.

Community leaders believed the 16 men were picked up and killed because all of them were from the Kanuri ethnic group that forms the bulk of Boko Haram’s membership.

“We demand a probe into this unjustifiable murder,” said one community leader in Dogo Tebo, who asked not to be identified for his personal safety.

“We believe they were killed on suspicion of being Boko Haram because they were Kanuris.”

All those seized were related either by blood or marriage, according to another leader.

“The government should look into this cold-blooded murder and ensure justice is done because being a soldier is not a licence to kill at will on mere suspicion,” he added.

“Our fear is we don’t know what they will do next,” he said, adding that three more people were arrested late on Wednesday in the same area.

Dogo Tebo resident Maigana Kalli said that ordinarily, anyone arrested on suspicion of belonging to Boko Haram is taken to the regional army base in the state capital, Damaturu.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Popular

The SportsBay is a sports news digital magazine dedicated to bringing our growing local and international audience premium content in the world of sports. The desire to enrich and update our readers is one of the factors having this site up. Our goal is to fill that gap and keep readers and followers abreast with cutting-edge content.

Football Data

Latest soccer scores info. Football results, table & fixtures being loaded.

To Top
%d bloggers like this: