From Umar Dankano, Yola.
Gunmen are said to have razed down houses Opala village in Bachama Chiefdom of Adamawa state, a development which some villagers say may not be unconnected with the killing of a Soldier attached to 23rd Armoured Brigade Yola in Lamurde Local Government Area in Adamawa state.
Report from the area revealed that on Tuesday, the said Solder ,who was among the team manning military check point after the Numan bridge asked for permission to undertake personal engagement at Kabawa village in Lamurde.
The soldier was said to have hired a Taxi in Numan town to take him to Kabawa village but unfortunately immediately they entered Opalo village, some alleged Bachama militia on patrol in the village stopped them and forcefully disarmed him despite his pleas and uniform on him.
A military source who pleaded anonymity said the suspected murderers of the Soldier called a phone number of one of the Soldiers on duty at the military checkpoint in Numan to confirm if really the said Soldier was attached to their team which they confirmed in the affirmative but to no avail.
Another source from area, Mr.enock Arnold, who spoke to Peoples Daily in a telephone interview on Thursday said it was true that some youths had an issue with a soldier who was on transit to village in Lamurde but on Wednesday’s wee hours some uniform men in their numbers stormed Opalo village .
Arnold stated that many houses were razed down and many people arrested and were taken away to unknown destination.
Confirming the development, Brigade Commander in charge of the Brigade, .Brig-Gen. Bello Mohammad said he was personally in Numan and Lamurde on Tuesday for more than five hours to unravel the true situation of things.
General Mohammed said somebody called his base in Numan to ascertain if they know the Soldier in their custody, noting that eleven people had been arrested in connection to the matter.
He explained that Hama Bachama, Homun Honest Steven Irmiya had promised to fish out the culprits behind the episode for possible prosecution to serve as deterrent to others.