Rear Admiral Stanley Ogoigbe, who is the Flag Officer commanding central Naval command, yesterday, said the alleged killing of a massob member by navy personnel, were unfounded.
Ogoigbe, who interacted with news men in the commands headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said it became very necessary that he clears the air on the alleged killing of MASSOB members by the Navy. Describing such allegations as baseless.
Some reports, had it that there was a violent confrontation between the Navy personnel and members of the MASSOB group at Onitsha, Anambra State. As a result of the confrontation, it was alleged that 2 members of the group, were killed by the Navy.
But the FOC dismissed the claim insisting that the navy personnel only shot into the air to scare a large number of MASSOB members who
were on a protest march towards the Onitsha head bridge as the protesting youths had already overrun the police on duty and did not injure, let alone, killing a soul.
He said, “No such act was ever committed. The MASOB group was on a protest march. They overran the policemen on duty and were coming
towards the navy personnel. As they approached, the navy fired warning shots into the air to scare them away and they all dashed away. Nobody died in the process.
“To our surprise, MASSOB started claiming that the navy has killed two of their men. I don’t know what they wish to achieve with this propaganda, fabricating stories against the navy.
“We just want all well meaning Nigerians to know that no MASSOB member was killed in that area of Anambra State where the navy was
keeping peace and carrying out their legitimate duties”.