The armed security personnel, who allegedly shot and killed a commercial motorcyclist in a community near Aba, has been arrested, Abia state gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has announced.
Naija News understands that the deceased, Mr Chimaobi Uzoukwa, was shot by the soldier for refusing to part with N100 bribe at Ohanze military checkpoint.
Gov Ikpeazu announced the arrest of the suspect through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka when he paid a courtesy visit to the bereaved family at Umuokereke Ngwa community in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state
He swore that he would get justice for the family of the deceased.
According to Ikpeazu, the name of the suspect is “Cpl. Ajayi”, and was caught on Wednesday and has been detained.
He described the killing of the 30-year-old Okada rider as “wicked, malicious, unprofessional and cowardly.”
He expressed disappointment that the soldier who is being paid to protect lives, could turn and take the life of the person he is paid to protect.
Ikpeazu added that the circumstances surrounding the killing were not acceptable to the government and people of Abia.
He said: “To reason that a soldier could pursue an unarmed young man from Ohanze Village to Umuokereke Ngwa, a distance of about 25 kilometers, and shoot him at close range from behind, defied logic.
“This is one murder too many. We will do everything possible under the law to get this murderous suspect and bring him to justice.
“Whatever it takes, we will do. We will go to Abuja or any other place to ensure that the suspect did not go scot-free.
“The death of this young man is extremely painful and cannot go in vain.
“This is my position and this is the position of the government and people of Abia,” the governor said.
Source: Naija News