Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Nigerian army warns troops in volatile central region

by Staff Writers
Jos, Nigeria (AFP) Feb 2, 2011
Nigeria's army chief on Wednesday warned soldiers against abuses after a new deployment arrived in the country's volatile central region, where troops have been accused of firing on civilians.

Nearly 900 soldiers arrived this week in the area hit by deadly sectarian clashes to replace an existing deployment, which faced allegations of bias against Christians and was accused of opening fire on protesting students last weekend.

Soldiers serving in such task forces are regularly rotated and it was unclear whether the change was the direct result of the accusations.

Lieutenant General Onyeabor Azubuike Ihejirika, the army chief of staff, addressed the troops in the city of Jos, telling them rules of engagement must be followed.

"For the period you are here, you have to do your job professionally," he said. "I would not tolerate any form of religious bias or ethnic bias in carrying out your job."

He called their duties "very important to the survival of Nigeria."

The army chief later told journalists that a number of AK-47 rifles and other weapons had been seized over the past week.

Jos and the surrounding region has been hit by waves of violence between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups, and the violence has intensified in recent weeks ahead of April elections.

Human Rights Watch issued a statement last week saying more than 200 people had been killed in central Plateau state, where Jos is the capital, since Christmas Eve, when a string of bomb blasts left dozens dead.

Plateau forms part of the middle belt region between the country's mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

China says Sudan referendum a step towards peace
Beijing (AFP) Feb 1, 2011
China said Tuesday that a referendum in southern Sudan, in which voters overwhelmingly chose to secede from the north, was an "important step" towards a lasting peace in the oil-rich country. Nearly 99 percent of south Sudanese voted to separate from the north in the landmark January 9-15 referendum, according to full preliminary results released Sunday. Chinese foreign ministry spokesma ... read more

'Worst-case' plan saved Australians: officials

New Approach Needed To Prevent Major 'Systemic Failures'

Australia flags taxpayer levy for floods

Designers seek creative solutions to rebuild Haiti

New York Times net profit dips 26 percent

A Cool Way To Make Glass

Google puts iPad in the crosshairs

Google offers Street View art gallery tours

Strange floating 'blob' found off Florida

Oysters disappearing worldwide: study

Amazon's double dry spell worries scientists

Ocean Fertilization: Summary For Policymakers

VIMS Team Glides Into Polar Research

'Hidden Plumbing' Helps Slow Greenland Ice Flow

Study alters Greenland glacier melt view

Scientists Find That Debris On Certain Himalayan Glaciers May Prevent Melting

Sugar prices fall back from 30-year peak

Australia cyclone could cost farming at least $500 million

Innovation Of The Week: Giving Farmers A Reason To Stay

Philippines rice 2010 farm output hit by weather

Narrow escapes from Australia cyclone horror

Australia reels from once-in-a-century cyclone

Death toll from Philippine rains rises to eight

Australia braces for 'worst ever storm'

Nigerian church ordered to stop faith healing ads

Road May Disrupt Migration And Ruin Serengeti

Nigerian army warns troops in volatile central region

China says Sudan referendum a step towards peace

Earliest Middle East cemetery discovered

Technique pulls fingerprints from fabric

New Age Researchers Highlight How Man Is Changing The World

Mathematical Model Explains How Complex Societies Emerge And Collapse

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement