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Nigerian Military Committed "Genocide" In Birnin-Gwari Communities, Say Survivors



Kaduna State – Communities in the Birnin Gwari Local Government area of Kaduna State said the Nigerian Military committed genocide on their areas in a recent clampdown on armed gangs that the military spokesperson had announced was “huge success” during the week.
The communities of Kwalakwangi, Maikyasuwa, and Dokan-ruwa were over a four-day span, from Monday to Thursday of this week, under siege by the military, residents of the area told us. The Nigerian
military was deployed in the area to uproot a series of armed bandit ‘safe heavens’ and safe houses, under the military tactics called, “Operation Restore Peace.”
According an eyewitness from the Kwalakwangi village, the military had burnt down the village, and killed all the able-bodied men caught in the cross hairs of their guns. Several of the people shot were not
connected to any of the gangs military officials sought.
At least 43 people were buried in Kwalakwangi village on Friday, including the chief imam, and the district Ward head. Apart from the Mosque located in the center of the village, no single building composed
of mostly mud houses, was left standing in the village.
In both the Maikyasuwa and Dokan-ruwa villages, women and children are now refugees at Tabanni, Layin-Lasan, and kuyello.
Tabanni Alh, the District Head of Abdulhamid Mahuta confirmed the story, but declined further comment, saying he has informed the Birnin-Gwari emirate.
Some of the refugees, numbering roughly 123 people, are seeking shelter at the District Head residence. They told SaharaReporters that the armed bandits had returned to their demolished houses, after
escaping across a major river to Zamfara state territory, escaping the hot pursuit of the military.
Community heads in the area have called on the National Human Right Commission, and Human Rights activists to come to their aid, and they seek justice with the threat of the lawsuit to the atrocities committed by soldiers of the Nigerian military.

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