4 Brigade Denies Report Of Officer’s Arrest In Edo


The 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin has denied some media reports on the arrest of an officer of the Brigade for suspected cultism in Edo State.
This was contained in a statement issued by an Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, and made available to newsmen in Benin yesterday.
According to Maidawa, “the attention of the Headquarters 4 Brigade Nigerian Army has been drawn to a media publication dated 23 March, 2019.
“In the said publication, it was alleged that Private Igbavboa Lucky and not Private Opiri Stephen as erroneously published was alleged to have been arrested and paraded by the State Police Command for cultism activities.
“For emphasis, Nigerian Army (NA) is a professional organisation with extant policies that regulates the conduct of its personnel. It does not allow any of its personnel to belong to any confraternity such as cult groups and related associations.
“Consequently, any of its personnel who cross the red line in this regard will face the full rigours of military discipline.”
He further said that the alleged case of Private Igbavboa Lucky who was arrested was an isolated case.
He also said that preliminary investigation had revealed that the suspect was not personnel of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army but a deserter from 101 Special Force, Borno since January.
“Thus, his conduct is a complete negation of the minimum behavioural conduct expected from personnel of the Nigerian Army.