The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Monday inaugurated a 10-member committee to probe the allegation levelled against the army by a former chief of army staff, Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma.

Danjuma, a retired Lt.-Gen., on March 24 at the convocation of Taraba State University in Jalingo, said that the armed forces in Taraba and other states colluded with killers and marauding herdsmen and did not protect the people against attacks.

Danjuma’s call ignited mixed reactions around the country, with many backing him while others criticised him.

Inaugurating the committee, Buratai said the allegation by Danjuma could make Nigerians lose confidence in the army, hence the need to investigate to determine its veracity.

According to him, the deployment of soldiers in recent military operations, particularly in Taraba state has been criticised by individuals and interests groups from different sectors of the society.

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“Some of these concerns have come from the state government, Non-Governmental Organisations and very senior citizens from the state.

“Most recently on the 24th of March, 2018, a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (rtd), speaking during the convocation of the Taraba State University, alleged that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, colluded with the armed bandits and other criminal element in the society.

“Statement of this nature could damage the reputation of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and thus cannot be ignored if the Nigerian Army is to continue to earn the trust of the populace.

“Thus, it became imperative for the Nigerian Army to set up this panel to confirm the veracity or otherwise of this allegation,’’ Buratai said.

He said the army was well spread across the country and deployed in virtually all the states for internal security operations.

The head of the committee, John Nimyel, a retired Maj.-Gen., thanked the chief of army staff for the confidence reposed in members and promised to do a thorough job.