Could it be a case of mistaken identity or negligence?

Or maybe luck ran out on the deceased vigilante member.

Whichever way it is, the Nigerian Army 4 Brigade in Benin, Edo state is denying having a hand in the death of a vigilante in Benin.

Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Capt Mohammed Maidawa, is aware of reports going round mainstream and Social Media alleging that soldiers killed a vigilante and released suspected herdsmen.

He explained that ordinarily, one would have dismissed without responding, but for the ethnic undertone attached to the alleged false story.

“We wish to state that the story is not correct as no suspected detained herdsman was set free as being reported in the media.

“Therefore, it is important to put the record straight.

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“In the early hours of February 14 our soldiers deployed at Ologbo for pipelines protection received a tip off from locals of a robbery incidence.

“Acting on the information, our troops swiftly moved to the area and sighted armed men.

“Our troops fired a warning shot and the armed men responded with gunshots, the soldiers returned fire towards same direction of fire.

“However, on reaching the scene, they discovered a dead body alongside cartridges and a cutlass.

“The body was taken to the nearest police station and was later identified as a vigilante member.

Maidawa said that it was unclear whether it was the vigilantes that were reported to be the armed robbers or they were called for the same purpose of checkmating the reported armed robbery activity.

According to Maidawa, an investigation is ongoing to unravel the truth.

He further said that the Brigade and the Army in general commiserate with the family of the deceased.

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