26 November 2012

Nigeria: Soldiers Invade General Onoja's Home

Makurdi — Retired General Lawrence Onoja yesterday condemned the invasion of two of his houses in Benue State by men suspected to be soldiers, saying he will not be intimidated.

"We were informed that about 16 Nigeria Army personnel armed to the teeth led by an army captain, a warrant officer, and plain cloth personnel with an unmarked vehicle unlawfully invaded Onoja's residential GRA apartment at Otukpo and Idekpa, Ohimini LGA, Benue State, Thursday 22nd November, 2012 at 2.23pm.

"We gathered that while the armed soldiers took strategic positions by surrounding the GRA residence of the retired general, the captain, warrant officer and the plain cloth officer allegedly entered Onoja's compound with the intention of searching the apartment for alleged soldiers hiding in his compound to be used for the last Saturday, November, 24th Local Government polls in Benue State", a statement said.

He described the choice of his residence for search in Benue State as 'amusing' when no incidence of violence has ever been reported about him to warrant such invasion.

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