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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Nigerian Army denies killing kidnapped pastor during a raid at militants hideout in Rivers State

The Nigerian Army on Monday denied Premium Times report that it killed pastor Andrew Anthony in Rivers State.

According to a Premium Times’ story, the founder of Ambassadors Glory Churches International in Port Harcourt was killed in late August when soldiers raided a hideout of militants ahead of the formal launch of 'Operation Crocodile Smile' in Niger State.


The clergyman was abducted by gunmen outside his home at Ada George Road in Port Harcourt on August 18th. It alleged that that the Army knew the deceased was a kidnapped victim yet circulated his photos to the media as one of the top militants in the area.

Below is a statement issued on Monday, November 22, by Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman:

"The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication on Premium Times website titled “INVESTIGATION: How Nigerian Army ‘killed’ kidnapped pastor and labelled him militant”.

Ordinarily one would not have bothered to respond to that obvious mischief, but for the erroneous impression being created by the so-called “investigative” report in the minds of well meaning Nigerians.

This report just like several others by the medium, were part of systematic and sustained efforts aimed at denigrating the Nigerian Army and tarnish its image.

The Nigerian Army did not kill the pastor as alleged, rather, he was killed by his captors who realized that troops were closing on them during precursor to Exercise CROCODILE SMILE.

It is therefore very mischievous for anyone to ascribe his death to the troops.

The Nigerian Army is a thorough professional organization with clearly stipulated rules of engagement which is being followed to the letter in any given operation or exercise.

For the avoidance of doubt, based on information received, a raid was carried out on a suspected militant camp in Mbelekuru Creek, Ogbogoro Community of Obiakpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on 26th August 2016. During the raid, 5 suspected militants were killed, 23 of them were arrested and 11 Pump Action Rifles, 2 AK-47 Rifles, 1 Locally Made Revolver Pistol, 292 Cartridges, 99 Rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 1 AK-47 magazine loaded with 28 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 3 Power generating sets, 1 camp Gas cooker, 2 shovels, 3 Cutlasses, 1 rain boat, 1 hand bag containing 2 mobile telephone handsets, 1 wristwatch, a photograph, 11 mobile telephone handsets, 3 INEC voters cards, 2 SIM cards and 1 memory card were recovered.

It is therefore unimaginable for the troops to kill an innocent person.

A day after, press release was issued to this effect. Days later, a female serving Nigerian Air Force officer reported that her relative whom she identified as Mr. Andrew Anthony, a pastor of a church was killed during the raid and that he was not a militant.

Contrary to insinuations by the medium, other family members confirmed that they never reported the kidnapping of Mr. Andrew to the police. Rather, they were negotiating with the kidnappers on their own without recourse to any security agency before the raid on the militants camp.

The Nigerian Army did not release the photograph of the victim nor referred to him as a militant.

The Headquarters 2 Brigade Nigerian Army also supported the family by linking them up with youth leaders that assisted in identifying and retrieving the corpse of the late pastor.

The attempt to portray the Nigerian Army in bad light by labelling it killer of a pastor and manipulation of information by the Premium Times is totally unacceptable.

The public is therefore enjoined to disregard the publication in its entirety as it is an attempt to blackmail the Nigerian Army and destroy its hard earned reputation, more so as further investigation has been directed by the Chief of Army Staff on the issue.

You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations

22 comments:

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BONARIO NNAGS said...

Premium Times is a PDP run social media site. I'm not surprised such is emanating from them, this is not the first time they're doing such.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Ogenah Boris said...

Who did

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hmmm

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Liars.see arrangee lies!scammer and lucifer's first son that's what Nigeria hausa soldiers. WHY ARE THE DENYING THE TRUTH HUH? THE SAME WAY THE BUTCHER INNOCENT IZU JOSEPH AND LABEL HIM MILITANT IS THE SAME WAY THEY KILLED THIS INNOCENT MAN OF GOD FOR NOTING, this is how this hausa soldiers has being killing Niger delta and ibo people for noting all because of wickedness and tribal hate. TOMORROW ONE IDIOT WILL ABUSE FREEBORN FOR SAYING GOOD NEWS WHEN BOKO HARAMS KILL A SOLDER MAY THUNDER FIRE U . Nemesis of god will not allow hausa soldier to have peace the same way they are killing innocent Niger deltas is the same way boko harams will wipe them all.
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freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Liars.see arrangee lies!scammer and lucifer's first son that's what Nigeria hausa soldiers. WHY ARE THE DENYING THE TRUTH HUH? THE SAME WAY THE BUTCHER INNOCENT IZU JOSEPH AND LABEL HIM MILITANT IS THE SAME WAY THEY KILLED THIS INNOCENT MAN OF GOD FOR NOTING, this is how this hausa soldiers has being killing Niger delta and ibo people for noting all because of wickedness and tribal hate. TOMORROW ONE IDIOT WILL ABUSE FREEBORN FOR SAYING GOOD NEWS WHEN BOKO HARAMS KILL A SOLDER MAY THUNDER FIRE U . Nemesis of god will not allow hausa soldier to have peace the same way they are killing innocent Niger deltas is the same way boko harams will wipe them all.
FREEBORN CURSE U ALL THE SAME WAY HE CURSE TERRORIST BUHARI AND HIS SCAM APC GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORTERS.




















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What Wldnt they deny? Na waoh!

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Kelechi Onyenaucheya said...

Its saddens my heart that he is late. I played in His church on several occassions. Most persons can sqy whatever they wqnt to say. vengence belongs to God. I only pray the Lord keeps his family. Such a quiet man. it's well.

Juliet Iwuno said...

We will neva know the truth. Linda take note!

livingstone chibuike said...

its well wit my country

Anonymous said...

Shut up Bonario!
Your stupidity stinks from a mile!!!

Anonymous said...

Binationa please get a life n stop being a sadist....everytin na pdp

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