The Nigerian army in a statement has denied its soldiers killed a trader in Aba, Abia state
The statement contradicts a report in some sections of the media, which said that some soldiers of the 144 Battalion on routine patrol shot on traders and killed one in a market in Aba, Abia State.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, said the report was not true and intended to portray Nigerian soldiers in bad light.
Although Sagir accepted that there was an incident involving 144 Battalion patrol team and some traders at Asa – Nnentu spare parts market in Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of Abia State, however, there was at no time anybody was shot at, wounded or killed.
He said that six members of the proscribed IPOB were arrested and handed over to the Nigeria Police, Abia State Command for prosecution.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, had last week directed heads of formations to deal ruthlessly with any group that could pose threats to the conduct of the forthcoming elections in the country, referring particularly to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.