The Nigerian Army has provided an update on the shooting of a motorcycle rider, Chimaobi Nwaogu, of Umuokereke-Ngwa, in Obingwa LGA of Abia State by a soldier.
A statement on Saturday by Army deputy spokesman, Col Aliyu Yusuf said further investigation has revealed that Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson, one of the soldiers deployed at Forward Operations Base in Ohanze for security duty, absconded his duty location.
It disclosed that he went to an unknown destination and got involved in a scuffle that led to the shooting and killing of the Okada rider 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 statement read.
“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.”