The Oasis Reporters
Sunday, October 30, 2017
Before the corpse of one time ECOMOG field Commander and former Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army was laid to rest, the Fifth Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse, paramount ruler of the Tiv people of Benue state, north central Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to compensate the people of Zaki Biam in Katsina-Ala Local Government Council area of the state for the 2001 military invasion that witnessed many killings.
“The attack on Zaki Biam could best be described as an ethnic cleansing considering the magnitude of the carnage that trailed the attack and the global outrage that greeted the Army operation
Ayatse made the request on Friday at his Palace in Gboko while receiving the corpse of a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt -Gen. Victor Malu. Malu served as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff between 1999-2001 and had held several positions, including ECOMOG Chief in Liberia. Malu, who was 70 years, died on Oct. 9, 2017 in Cairo where he had gone for medical treatment.
The foremost traditional ruler in Benue State expressed regret that the destruction of the village affected the late general’s country home, stressing that the compensation would be in his honour.
Ayatse recalled the many sacrifices of Malu to the country, pointing out that he served the country meritoriously through the military in several war theaters across the world.
“17 years after the military invasion, nothing had been done to assuage the pains and sufferings of Malu’s kinsmen”, he added.
Tor Tiv appealed to the wife of the departed army general to take solace in the many achievements of her husband and move on in life.
Handing over the remains of Malu to the Tor Tiv, retired Brig-Gen. Nuhu Ade said the country would continue to remember Malu for his contributions toward peace and stability.
Nuhu, who was Malus’s personal physician, described Malu as a gallant soldier. Nuhu was in company of top military personnel and the Tor Sankera, Abu King Shuluwa, and other paramount rulers in Tivland. Malu was buried on Saturday, Oct.28, at his country home.
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