MINNA – Nigerian military personnel in the early hours of Thursday clashed with civilians at Kpaidna village in the Bosso local government area of Niger State, leaving no fewer than five people dead.
Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Bala Elkana confirmed that the incident occurred in Beji Community where a combined team of Army and Air Force personnel were mistaken for Fulani herdsmen by the villagers.
“Actually we received a distressed call at around 1:00am that armed fulani herdsmen have invaded their village.
“The command immediately mobilized mobile Policemen and other combatants to the village and Police discovered it was soldiers in operation. But calm has been restored in the area.
Also, the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Major Njideka Agwu, had this to say about the ugly incident, “we heard there are arms and ammunitions in that village and we want for cordon and search after soldiers were briefed yesterday.
“Unfortunately, villagers opened fire on us and we don’t know the number of casualty for now because the information is sketchy, but our men are still at the location and investigation is still going on”.
Prompt News Online gathered that many were also injured during the clash.