August 13, 2020

Sahara Reporters Lied: There Was No Gun Duel during the Arrest of Mister Sunday Okoro

Chief Monday Igbuya

The attention of the 4 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to a inaccurate news report on Sahara Reporters website over the arrest of one Mr. Sunday Okoro, aka “GI”, a suspected kidnapper, and two other persons, Mr. Ifaenyi Aghanenu and Mr. Dafw Akporisi at Sapele, Delta State by troops of 19 Battalion with the headline “Delta Speaker’s Hatchet Man, Four Others Arrested During Gun Duel In Sapele.”

Ordinarily one could have dismissed it as one of those stories by the medium noted for inaccuracies but for the obvious intended mischief and misinformation by the online medium, we wish to state that there was no any shoot out or “gun  duel” during the arrest of Mr. Okoro as erroneously reported by the medium.

It is a common knowledge that Sahara Reporters does not have any known correspondent let alone such person have contact with any of our officers or soldiers to the point of granting interview as stated.

We wish to inform the public that suspects were never handed to 4 Brigade, therefore the allegations that the  Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Honourable Monday Igbuya or anyone to mount pressure on the 4  Brigade Commander for their release does not arise and was the figment of the imagination of the faceless Sahara Reporters’ writer.

The Nigerian Army is replete with highly professional, loyal and dedicated officers that perform their duties diligently with great sense of responsibility and pride.

It is therefore preposterous for anyone to allege anything untoward in the handling of the accused or the recovered abandoned vehicle and weapons. All were properly handed over to the Delta State Police Command through appropriate channels for further investigation and prosecution.

It should be noted that it is the statutory responsibility of the Nigeria Police to investigate and prosecute criminals.

We call on well meaning Nigerians not to believe the exaggerated version of the facts as reported by Sahara Reporters and call the medium   to always check their facts before rushing online and also reflect the true account of what transpired.

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