Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim
By Seriki Adinoyi
As the death toll from the Monday night attack on a beer parlour in Heipang in Barkin Ladi local government area hits ten, the Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, has been charged to investigate the alleged involvement of soldiers.
Chairman of the local government, Mr. Emmanuel Loman, while addressing journalists in Jos yesterday, said the survivors of the attack had identified a corporal as one of the attackers.
The corporal, who was identified as Salisu Gidado and a riot policeman serving with the Special Task Force (STF) were allegedly dressed in the attackers attires.
He was said to have been injured severely during the attack, and was taken to the state specialist hospital.
He said: “The fear of my people is that the long held perception that most of the attackers on the communities in Barkin Ladi are carried out with the complicity and connivance of some security personnel that have been entrusted with the responsibility of protecting lives and property is further founded by this.
“I therefore strongly appealed to the Chief of Defense Staff to order a thorough investigation of the attack and the role played by the STF personnel and the fifth columnists among the personnel.”
But the STF, though confirmed that ten persons were killed in the attack, declined comment on the allegation of the force’s complicity.
The spokesman of the STF, Captain Salisu Mustapha, in a statement said the gunmen opened fire on customers who came to unwind at the bar killing eight on the spot, while two died in the hospital as a result of gunshots wound.
The statement said in protest of the killings, members of the community barricaded the highway preventing commuters from using the road, adding that the troops deployed along the high way dispersed the protesting youths and brought the situation under control.
It further said the STF was monitoring the situation to avert any ugly incidence on commuters plying the road.