By Alfred Agudiebube
The Nigerian Army has finally confirmed the identity of the soldier that killed a motorcyclist, Chimaobi Nwaorgu Uzoukwa at Umuokereke Ngwa, Obingwa LGA of Abia State after some days of claiming the killer was a cultist.
The army on Thursday made a release that the killer of late Uzoukwa was a cultist on camouflage.
The release generated problems as many residents and eyewitnesses said they saw the shooter and identified him as one of the soldier stationed at Forward Operation Base, Ohanze.
In a swift reaction to clear the air more, army on Saturday in a fresh release by Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 Division of Nigeria Army, Colonel Aliyu Yusuf, gave the name of the soldier as Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson.
Johnson according to Yusuf has been arrested, detained and that disciplinary procedure is in progress where he will be tried according to extant military law and if found culpable will be dismissed and handed over to the Civil Police for prosecution.
“Reference to our earlier press release on the incident that led to the shooting of an innocent citizen Mr Chimaobi Nwaogu of Umuokereke-Ngwa, in Obingwa LGA Abia State.
“Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public that further investigation on the incident revealed that Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson, one of the soldiers deployed at Forward Operations Base Ohanze for security duty absconded his duty location to an unknown destination and was reported to have been involved in a scuffle that led to the shooting and killing of the Okada rider Mr Chimaobi on Wednesday 7 August 2019.
“The soldier was casually dressed in camouflage T-shirt which led to the initial suspected identity of the culprit as a cultist. The soldier has since been arrested and detained. Disciplinary procedure is in progress.
“He will be tried according to extant military law and if found culpable will be dismissed and handed over to the Civil Police for prosecution.
“The Nigerian Army deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased, We also pray that the almighty God will strengthen his family, loved ones and the entire Abians for this irreparable loss.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH