“We Only Fired Warning Shots”—Nigerian Army Denies Shooting Protesters At Dangote Sugar Factory

Authorities of the Nigerian Army have reacted to a narrative about troopers capturing protesters at Dangote Sugar manufacturing unit in Gyawana, Adamawa State.

A resident of Gyawana instructed SaharaReporters that troopers, despatched for the unlawful operation, had been employed by the administration of the sugar firm to chase the protesters away.

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SaharaReporters gathered that some folks sustained accidents through the capturing.

A press release by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Haruna Mohammed Sani, of the 23 brigades Yola, claimed that its troops didn’t hearth a shot instantly on the protesters, however solely fired warning pictures.

The assertion claimed that among the troopers sustained minor accidents from the stones thrown by the mob.

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The assertion reads, “The attention of Headquarters 23 Brigade Nigerian Army has been drawn to a mischievous Sahara Reporters story alleging soldiers opened fire on protesting staff of Dangote Sugar Company at Gyawana district under Lafiya Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

“To give the right perspective on the libelous narrative, this headquarters needs to tell most people that on 15 July, 2021 at about 2: 00 pm, the Gyawana neighborhood staged a protest towards the administration of Dangote Sugar Company threatening to close down the institution and abduct international expatriates for sacking some workers of the corporate who’re members of the host neighborhood.

“Efforts to calm the situation by the Nigerian Police and personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence corps proved abortive as the irate youths, wielding cutlasses, machetes, and other dangerous weapons, overpowered them.

“When a misery name was made to an inside safety outfit in Adamawa State nicknamed Operation Farauta, comprising troopers and different para-military companies, they swiftly mobilised and moved to bolster the police and Civil Defence deployment on the location.  

“In the process, tear gas as well as warning shots were fired as some of the non-violent means of crowd dispersal and to further prevent own troops from being lynched by the mob.

“Consequently, the scenario was introduced below management. Unfortunately, some troopers sustained minor accidents from the stones thrown by the mob however no single protester was killed.

“The Nigerian Army is a professional and disciplined institution that operates within the purview of the constitution and in line with rules of engagement and Code of Conduct which serves as guides to troops in all military engagements.”

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"We Only Fired Warning Shots"—Nigerian Army Denies Shooting Protesters At Dangote Sugar Factory

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