Feb 15, 2018 – Nigerian Army Apologises To Family Of Vigilante Killed By Soldiers Who Freed Fulani Herdsmen Arrested For Robbery In Benin City Edo State
“It Is A Case Of Mistaken Identity” – Army Spokesman
The Army has finally apologise to the family of Mr Efe Igbnovia, a Benin based vigilante man shot dead by some soldiers on the Benin Abraka Expressway yesterday.
The deceased who was asked to look after some suspected herdsmen arrested for highway robbery in the early hours of Wednesday the 14th of February 2018 was shot dead by some soldiers who responded to a distress call by motorists in the area.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, said Igbinovia was shot after he was mistaken for a robber by military troops deployed in the area.
“Troops deployed in Ologbo for pipeline protection received information of a suspected armed robbery close to their location. They were mobilised to the scene and engaged armed men at the scene.
“Unfortunately, one person, who was later identified as a vigilante, was killed. Preliminary investigation revealed that the vigilance group also responded to a distress call on the robbery. It was a case of mistaken identity. We are going to get in touch with the bereaved family.”
Sources in Benin today said the army has since sent representatives to the family house of the deceased.