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Nigeria Election: Army speaks on “killing” Gov. Dickson’s photographer

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The Nigerian Army has reacted to allegation by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State over the alleged killing of government house photographer, Reginald Dei.

The PDP ward chairman, Mr Seidougha Taribi and the photographer, Reginald Dei, were reportedly shot during the elections in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

Dickson alleged that the military colluded with some politicians to kill the PDP ward chairman.

But, reacting, Spokesman of 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, Major Jonah Danjuma, said that the army was not responsible for the incident, NAN reports.

He explained that troops of the Brigade had conducted an operation in Ikebiri community, in Southern Ijaw, different from where the photo-journalist and party chieftain were reportedly shot.

”We had no such incident; troops of 5 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Saturday arrested 15 armed men suspected to be political thugs at Ikebiri 1 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

”It was a successful operation that led to the recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and other items.

”This feat was achieved as a direct response by vigilant troops in Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2019 in 16 Brigade Area of Responsibility,” Danjuma said.

Also Spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force deployed to the Niger Delta, Major Abdullahi Ibrahim, said that the Command neither deployed men to the community nor had operation at Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw.

Source: http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/24/nigeria-election-army-speaks-killing-gov-dicksons-photographer/

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