A truck driver was reportedly shot and killed because he refused to give bribe to a soldier.

The incidence occurred at a checkpoint manned by troops of 195 Battalion on Agbor Road, Edo State.

But the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin, has set up a Regimental Board of Inquiry into the circumstances as it seeks to unravel the truth.

A statement on Saturday by Captain Mohammed Maidawa, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, said the suspected soldier has been arrested.

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In Maidawa’s account, soldiers on routine Stop and Search Operation at Uromi shot at a moving truck that tried to evade checks, unfortunately, a civilian was hit by a bullet.

“While the Brigade commiserate with the family of the deceased, the army as a professional force, would not condone any act of misdemeanor by troops deployed on Internal Security Operations or any other operation.

“I want to assure the general public that the Nigerian Army will continue to carry out its operations in line with the Rules of Engagement for internal security operations.

“The general public, particularly those plying the highways, should be assured that the Brigade places high premium on the sanctity of human lives,” he said.

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