The Nigerian Army has admitted killing a member of a vigilante accidentally. Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, spokesperson for the 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, confirmed the death of one Efe Igbnovia, a vigilante in Obadolovbiyeyi community in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
Maidawa said troops deployed against pipeline vandalisation mistook Igbinovia for a robber.
“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.” he said.
Meanwhile it was reported that that a local vigilance group had in the early hours of Wednesday arrested some suspected herdsmen for alleged armed robbery on the Benin-Abraka Expressway.
Igbinovia’s colleagues had asked him to watch over the arrested men while their accomplices were being chased.
It was learnt that a group of soldiers stormed the area and fired continuously. The military men were said to have arrived in the community in a Honda with registration number, AP 641 KTN, shot Igbinovia dead and freed the suspects.
Johnson Kokumo, Edo state Police Commissioner, confirmed the incident.
Kokumo said, “The herdsmen were alleged to have blocked the expressway. Two of them (suspects) are with the police undergoing interrogation.”
When asked about the alleged killing of the vigilante by the military men, Kokumo said, “It is an allegation we are investigating. Actually, one of the vigilante members died in the course of duty.”