The Nigerian Army 4 Brigade in Benin City, Edo State has admitted that its troops mistakenly shot dead a member of vigilante in Olobo community during an exchange of gunfire with armed robbers in the state.
The Army made this known in a statement signed by its Assistant Director of Public Relations, 4 Brigade, Capt. Mohammed Maidawa.
The Army also denied the allegations that the troops released the armed robbers and herdsmen after killing the vigilante member.
The statement claimed that troops deployed at Olobo for pipeline protection received a tip off from locals close to the location of suspected armed robbery activities.
According to the Army,”Troops quickly mobilised to the scene and engaged armed men at the scene. Unfortunately, one man who was later identified as member of vigilante group was killed.”