Army silent on alleged killing of two personnel in Ebonyi

The Nigerian are yet to confirm the alleged shooting by unknown gunmen of two soldiers at a checkpoint located at popular Timber Shade junction in Amasiri, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi.

Meanwhile, a top security source, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday at Amasiri on condition of anonymity, said that the shooting occured on Monday night around

The source stated that the gunmen made away with the riffles of the two dead soldiers.

Also, a source in the community, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria () and pleaded not to be mentioned said the gunmen arrived the checkpoint in a white bus and as the men stopped them for a stop-and-search, they opened fire on them.

According to the source, the situation jolted the two busy towns of Amasiri and Afikpo into pandemonium, as residents, pespecially traders and shop owners hurriedly closed down shops and went home.

“It’s a very sad situation here. They said it was people suspected to be gunmen, who came to the checkpoint at Timber Shade (boundary Ehugbo and Amasiri) in white bus,” the source said.

All efforts to speak with officials at the Nkwegu cantonment proved abortive.

An officer told on condition of anonymity that the Headquarters would release a statement at the appropriate time.

Also, an assistant Officer simply identified as Tayo when contacted on his mobile phone (08038432656) said that he would get back to .

Also contacted, Mrs Loveth Odah, Officer (PPRO) declined to speak on the incident saying that she was not spokesperson for the army.

“I am not the military spokesperson, please contact the military officer so that he answer that,” Odah said. (NAN)

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