Army Denies Alleged Well Poisoning In Plateau
The Nigerian Army, has said denied alleged poisoning of a 32-year-old well in Sopp Village, the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The allegation, which already sparked violence in the community has left two young protesting youths dead.
Members of the community had alleged that the well was poisoned during an air raid by members of the military Special Task Force, code-named Operation Safe Haven.
The spokesperson for the OPSH, Captain Umar Adams, confirmed the death of the two persons, but denied that the well was poisoned.
He said, “There is an old well in the community that was constructed in 1985 but was abandoned for many years. Apart from the fact that we carry out security activities to ensure that we avert crisis and promote unity, we sometimes carry out social responsibilities.
“Our troops in Riyom said, ‘This well has been left to waste. Why don’t we revive it so that at least everybody can benefit?’ That was why our troops decided to look for well drillers. Two young men volunteered and said they could do it because that was their job.
“I cannot tell how those boys got inside the well with their working tools. The debris that had accumulated inside the well, I guess, led to their death. They may have choked to death.
“The youths mobilised in hundreds and started a violent protest against our troops, alleging that our soldiers killed their people, to the extent that they started damaging the accommodation of our troops. Even the equipment in their rooms, including television sets and generators, were scattered and damaged.”
Adams said the two persons were shot for attempting to snatch rifles from soldiers during the protest.