Residents of Taraba State in a town called Peva in Takun Local Government have alleged soldiers of razing people’s property in the community. Security operatives razed school and houses in the north.
It has been reported that residents of the community have started fleeing their homes and several businesses for safety has soldiers continue with razing of houses and a school leaving many constituents homeless.
Some of the residents who spoke to our correspondent said many people were fleeing the community following the attacks and burning of property belonging to some members of the community.
A school belonging to Prince Paul Gaza, a businessman in the community was burnt in the early hours of Saturday as confirmed by Nathan Tyozenda who is also a resident in the community.
Houses belonging to prominent members in the community, Mr. Orhemba the Chairman of Peva Yam market, Mr. Iermber Vaatyough, and Prince Iordye Gaza, were also burnt by the personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke in the town.
Chairman, Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Takum Local Government Area, Hon. Peter Suleagbough has described the destruction of people’s property and continuous attack in the area as uncalled for also lamented that Gberifan and Tse-Iorver villages were burnt in a similar manner by the soldiers.
“If they are looking for criminals as they say, why burn down people’s property? What has a private school and people’s houses got to do with criminals. The army should be arresting the criminals they are looking for and not burning people’s properties,” he said.
On the other hand, speaking with the Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini said he is not in the best position to speak or comment on the incident as the Director Defense Information at the Force headquarters was the right person to respond to media inquiries.
“The Nigerian Army was a responsible force that acted mainly on intelligence and would not just burn down people’s properties”, Yekini said.