Senate yesterday commenced investigation into the shooting to death of over 50 people in Wase local government of Plateau state by armed men suspected to be military men.
Senator Victor Lar, Plateau South who came under Order 43 raised the motion calling on the Senate to investigate the matter.
According to him, ’’On Saturday the 2nd of May 2015, armed men wearing Nigerian Army uniform in about 11 Hilux vehicles and one truck raided Wase LGA, in the process, sacked 5 villages, killed over 50 people, wounded over 100 and more than 20,000people are displaced and they are seeking refuge in Langtang South LGA.”
He added that the immediate cause of the attack was not known. “We suspect that these are armed militias, or Boko Haram or soldiers but they are using Nigerian Army uniforms and they are using equipment that are exclusively known and reserved for use by the Nigerian Army.’’
He explained that their operations tended to imply that they are not genuine Nigerian Army personnel because they used machetes to hack down people, ‘’they shot at and killed women and children, they killed uniform policemen and civil defence personnel, they burnt down every house within reach and they used petrol to burn the bodies of the victims that they killed.
‘’These are war crimes against humanity and they violate the provisions of the Geneva Convention. The essence of making these explanation is that, when our brothers and sisters in the North-East were under the heavy yoke of insurgency and there were operation that tended to imply that it was neither the army nor the insurgents.”
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu sympathized with the people of Wase LGA and indeed the good people of Plateau state for the unfortunate incident.
‘’We condemn it and hope it will come to an end at the shortest possible time. Since we are sure whether this attack came from the Armed Forces or Insurgents or armed militia, let me quickly suggest that the Committee on Defence should contact the military high command to verify the identity of those who carried out this attack.’’

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