The Nigerian Army 6 Division has refuted allegations that soldiers from the 3 Battalion in Effurun shot dead nine people in Aladja community during its renewed clash with Ogbe-Ijoh Community.
The Army Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, denied the allegation on Tuesday.
Col. Iliyasu, said the claims of extra-judicial killings by its personnel in Aladja Community were untrue and only an attempt to blackmail the army.
He said no soldier from 3 Battalion, Effurun on duty to restore law and order, fired a bullet, in the face of provocations as well as armed attack by Aladja Youths, who had blockaded the only access road through their town to Ogbe-Ijoh Community, the Head Quarters of Warri South-West Local Government Area.
“There was nothing like those claims by the Aladja community, rather the people, having barricaded the access through their town with heavy metals and all sorts of materials and vehicles, started raining stones and firing at the troops that were sent to calm the situation down.
“While that was going on, the Commanding Officer (Rear) of the 3 Battalion had to put a call through to the State Governor to hear what was going on. You can call the Governor to confirm this.
“Besides that, the Chairman of their Local Government Area (Udu) was also with the troops while this was happening, you can call him to confirm if what his people were alleging has any truth in it.
“Despite all the provocation and even the fact that the people of the community were firing live bullets at the troops, the Commanding Officer ensured that not one shot was fired from his men.
“If they claim that men of the Nigerian Army shot at them or killed anybody, you should ask them for the corpses or the identities of those killed.”