Angry Adamawa Community Residents Protest Against Brutality By Soldiers

Angry residents of Kwalamba in Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria occupied a military base on Saturday in protest against alleged human rights abuses and brutality by soldiers deployed to the town to fight insurgents.

Kwalamba is about two kilometres from Garkida town in Gombi Local Government of the state.

HumAngle learnt that the protesters, who were majorly youths from the community complained about the soldiers withdrawing during attacks by insurgents but would, later on, take on the residents.

The angry protesters, comprising hunters and youths armed with sticks and machetes, our reporter was informed occupied the outpost of the soldiers after their withdrawal from the town.

A resident of the town who declined to be named because of his safety mentioned a particular captain who according to him is always at the forefront of human rights abuses in the town and said they don’t want him.

According to the resident, the captain allegedly ordered his troops to arrest a hunter, who was beaten and sustained injury on his head.

He also alleged that the road connecting Kwalamba and Garkida road was closed by the soldiers.

In December Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) launched an attack on Garkida town, forcing residents to flee to the mountains for safety.

The decade-long conflict in northeast Nigeria has killed at least 30,000 people and displaced over two million others

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Abuja.

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