Army Denies killing 8 Armed Youths In Cross River

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By George Odok

Calabar  –   The 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, has refuted a report that its soldiers killed eight armed youths in Ikot-Offiong Community in Odukpani Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement in Calabar on Tuesday, the Spokesman for the brigade, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, described the report as false and baseless.

“The attention of the Headquarters of 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, has been drawn to a recent publication alleging that soldiers killed eight armed youths from Cross River.

“We can emphatically state that what was reported was blown out of proportion.

“The facts remain that Ikot-Offiong Community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River and Oku-Iboku Community in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, share a boundary.

“Overtime, communal clashes have been recorded within the general area, with some destruction of lives and property.

“We want to state that this story in particular is baseless and has no iota of truth,” he said.

Owolabi said that the brigade frowned at the publication and advised journalists to seek clarification with the headquarters when necessary.

He gave the assurance that joint security agencies were on ground in both communities to checkmate criminal activities.

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