EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK
The 4th Brigade Nigerian Army Benin City, over the weekend denied that its personnel were responsible for the killing of a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The victim, identified as Matthew Adams, was shot Saturday at Ward 8, Ekiadolor in Ovia North East Local Government Council of Edo State during the rescheduled party ward Congress in Edo South Senatorial District.
Spokesman of the Brigade, Captain Abubakar Abdulahi stated: “We heard of the incidence and the allegation that a soldier shot the person but we have checked the personnel that we deployed to the state’s Operation Thunderstorm.
“We have checked all the ammunition with their serial numbers and we found all of them complete.
“So the allegation is not true that our men shot and killed the person and we have not also received any report of engagement from our men.”
But in narrating the incident on Saturday, the Okao of Isiwa, Dr Samuel Aibueku, said: “One Prince called in soldiers who came in a Hilux Van, they came to the venue and started scaring people and started firing. Before we knew it somebody was on the ground and the boy is from Uniaro village. The soldiers ran away after the shooting.
“We are not known to be this violence, we are one big family this is a new trend in our area.”