The Nigerian Army promised yesterday that it will make public the findings of the panel it set up to investigate allegations leveled against it by former Chief of Army Staff , Lt. Gen.
TheophilusDanjuma (rtd). The Chief of Army Staff , Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, gave the promise when the panel, led by its President, Maj.-Gen. John Nimyel, submitted its report at the Army Headquarters. Danjuma had on March 24, 2018, alleged that the troops on exerciseCat Race took side in the clashes between herdsmen and communities in Taraba state. The Danjuma allegations ignited mixed reactions around the country forcing the army to constitute the panel to get to the root of the accusation.
Receiving the report, Buratai said: “We will take every aspect of this report very seriously; we will make this report available to appropriate superior authorities.” He said making the report available to the public would clarify the allegations and thanked the committee for their painstaking efforts and sacrifice. The army chief also promised that the recommendations of the panel would be implemented.
He said it was necessary to put the record straight and safeguard the army’s integrity as an entity which has important stake in the unity and integrity of the country. Earlier, Nimyel said panel was “painstaking, thorough and fair in its extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders before arriving at its reports.”
He said to achieve its terms of reference, the panel visited some flash points in the three senatorial districts of the state. According to Nimyel, the panel also interfaced with some government officials, traditional rulers, religious leaders, locals, military unit commanders and other stakeholders. He expressed the hope that the report would assist the chief of army staff in taking appropriate decisions that would impact positively not onlyon the army but Taraba people and Nigeria at large.