Authorities of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Owerri has denied a media report in one of the national dailies and some online newspapers alleging that soldiers of the brigade killed a young man at Etekwuru community in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State.
In a statement issued yesterday in Owerri by the Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Lt Haruna T. Tagwai, the brigade said it received a report alleging the killing of one Declan Obi by personnel of the command attached to Ohaji/Egbema Council.
According to him, “Upon receipt of the report, personnel from the Brigade Headquarters were swiftly despatched to Ohaji/Egbema Council Area to make certain of the allegations raised against the soldiers and forestall the breakdown of law and order.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that such an allegation raised against soldiers of 34 Artillery Brigade never occurred.
“However, soldiers deployed to the area have been called back to the barracks for questioning over the unfortunate incident, while we await the outcome of the investigation, I wish to appeal for calm and assure the public that any of our personnel found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Additionally, the Brigade and indeed the Nigerian Army which is known for its high discipline will do everything to safeguard it’s hard earned reputation and continue to discharge it’s constitutional duty in line with laid down rules and procedures while respecting fundamental rights of citizens.”