This was its reaction to the complaint by the Nasarawa State Government, which accused the military of deliberate killing Fulanis in Keana Local Government Area of the state.
The military high command thus promised to commence investigations into the allegation.
There were media reports of the killing of some herdsmen by military personnel in the area in which the state governor, Alhaji AlMakura Tanko, alleged that those murdered were not mercenaries but ordinary Fulanis.
Director of Defense Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, who spoke to newsmen yesterday in Makurdi, Benue state capital, explained that the military authority would investigate the matter, adding that the military was not against any ethnic group but out to maintain the unity of the nation.
“At the moment, we cannot say we know anything about what happened, until the matter is fully investigated and the true picture of what actually happened is gotten,” he said.
“Let’s be sure of the narration of the people who are recounting what happened, the matter will be thoroughly investigated by the military, I can assure you that.
“The point, however, is that, the incident is certainly not in line with the pattern of our operations, it s not in consonance with our modus operandi. But we will investigate it, know what happened and how come.
“At the moment we certainly cannot say we know anything about it unless it qualifies as a gathering of an armed gang. But those on ground should be able to give us an insight,” Olukolade added.