The Defence Headquarters, (DHQ), has refuted media reports on the alleged killing and destruction of houses and other property by the military in Konshisha local government area of Benue State, where 11 military personnel were allegedly murdered on Thursday by armed bandits.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.
The DHQ declared that there was no massacre in Konshisha and that the stories making the rounds were fabricated by bandits and their sponsors to smear the military after murdering troops in cold blood.
The statement further explained that “the Defence Headquarters wish to put it on record that apart from initial 10 bandits, there are no other civilian casualties recorded in any part of Konshisha till date. We, therefore, challenge anybody from Konshisha to present to the public the 200, 70 or 30 dead bodies of innocent persons, male, female or children killed by troops in Konshisha”.
While demanding for the immediate return of all weapons carted away, it declared “ that the local leaders of Konshisha must bring the main actors responsible for the mayhem to security forces to face justice”.