Soldiers kill 5 wedding guests in Taraba 




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By SYLVANUS VIASHIMA
 
JALINGO – Five persons reportedly returning from a wedding were allegedly killed Friday morning by Nigerian soldiers at Bassa village in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State.
 
victims identified as Abdulkadir Bello, Tukur Bello, Philip Yakubu, Habu Yarima and Ya’u Misa, were reportedly returning from a wedding ceremony in Garin-Baka around midnight on motorcycles when the soldiers on patrol allegedly opened fire at them leading to the unfortunate deaths.
 
One of youth who escaped Isah Umar, said that he and his riding on motorcycles back  to village , Basa, ran into soldiers who, on sighting the convoy of their motorcycles, opened fire on them.
 
He said he escaped into bush but his friend Habu Yerima who conveyed him on his motorcycle was not lucky as he was  hit by a bullet and died instantly.
 
Parents of victims who besieged the mortuary of Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo told reporters that children were murdered in cold blood.
 
Bello Aliyu Jen, a father whose two sons were killed, said that “we need justice, army must be account for the gruesome murder of our innocent children,” he said.
 
Police Public Relations Officer David Misal said he was yet to receive details of the case and the army authorities could not be reached for comments as at the time of this report. (Daily Sun)