Aba Killing: I Was Never Humiliated By Soldiers – Senator Abaribe

Former Senate Minority Leader and senator representing Abia South Senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe has dismissed as blatant falsehood reports of his purported humiliation by soldiers at an Army checkpoint in Obingwa.

In a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Uchenna Awom, the senator urged members of the public to discountenance the misleading reports.

Instead, he hailed the officers and men of the Nigerian Army for being professional in their engagement with the civil populace.

Recalls that tension has continued to build across the state for a possible reprisal military operation after hoodlums killed five soldiers in Aba on Thursday.

He said: “It is laughable and false, the report that soldiers humbled and delayed him at a checkpoint while returning from a burial in Obingwa last Thursday.”

The former Deputy Governor rather explained that soldiers at the said checkpoint were very courteous and professional in carrying out their duties.

He warned the media against sensational reports in a desperation to draw traffic.

“I was never accosted, delayed or approached in a disrespectful manner by the soldiers. My observation at the point was that of a professional force carrying out their duty in a most humane and respectful manner, despite the ugly events of the day.

“So, one wonders the motive of the author of the jaundiced and highly speculative report even to the conjecture from the said writer to have overheard me calling the State governor to intervene and also heard the reported negative reaction from the Governor. It nothing but a tissue of lies.

“I salute the soldiers and reiterate my earlier statement condemning what happened last Thursday. That report is false and authored to achieve a devious political goal, ”Abaribe said.

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