I am not a gunrunner, says Umaru
Insists On Justice For Victims Of Clash
Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator David Umaru, has described as unfortunate, baseless and spurious, the allegations associating him with gunrunners in his constituency following his initial reaction over the military invasion of Kpaigna community in Bosso local government area of the state, insisting that such allegations were aimed at diverting attention from the military invasion of his constituency few days ago.
Umaru insisted that rather than calling him a gunrunner because of his criticism of the military action, justice must be done concerning the affected families of those that died in the clash. Umaru in a statement issued in Minna titled “Bosso military invasion: A Cry For Justice”, pointed out that it was a futile attempt to create animosity between him and the military, adding that all the accusations were orchestrated to divert attention from salient issues raised with the plan to tarnish and cast doubt on his reputation and bring his office to disrepute.
He argued that the Bosso exercise was badly planned and shabbily executed hence the casualties suffered by the army and the local communities, adding that the military operation sidelined community leaders in Bosso, the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
The lawmaker acknowledged the role the Nigerian Armed Forces and the other civil authorities played to restore security, adding that it smacks of insensitivity to victims of extra judicial killings for anyone to question the loyalty and patriotism of those who speak against such atrocities.