The Nigeria Army has dismissed Corporal Ajayi Joseph who allegedly murdered Motorcyclist Chimaobi Nwogu at Umuokeke Ngwa in Obingwa LGA, Abia state and handed him over to the police for prosecution.
The Commander 14 Brigade Brigadier General SB Kumapayi, in company of some top military officer from the 82 Division Enugu, on Wednesday handed over the dismissed soldier to the Commissioner of Police Abia state Command Mr. Eme Okon, in Umuahia the state capital for prosecution in accordance with extant laws of the land.
In a statement by the Deputy Director Army public Relations 82 Division Nigerian Army Col. Aliyu Yusuf, stated that the Headquarters 82 Division stated that the soldier was tried, reduced in the rank to a private and subsequently dismissed from service.
The statement read, “In Reference to our earlier press release dated August 10, 2019, on the arrest of Lance Corporal Ajayia Johnson, who allegedly killed Mr. Chimaobi Nwaogwu at Umoukereke Ngwa Community in Abia state on August 7, 2019.
“We said in the statement that the 82 Division was assuring the general public that the soldiers would be arrested and tried according to the extant rules and regulations of the Nigerian army and if found wanting appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against him.
“In keeping to our promise, the dismissed soldier has been handed over to the Abia state Police today Wednesday August 21, 2019, for further investigation and civil prosecution for murder if found culpable.
He stated that the Nigerian Army as a professional organization places high premium on the sanctity of human lives and will not condone any act of unprofessional conduct among its personnel.
He assured the general public that the Army will continue to assist in the protection of lives and property in line with the Nigerian constitution.
The Police Public Relations officer in the state Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed that the dismissed soldier was in the custody of the state Police command.
He said the Police would charge him to Court after its investigation.
It will be recalled that following the uproar over the murder of Chimaobi by the soldier who was stationed at Ohanze military checkpoint protests erupted at Ogbor Hill Area of Aba.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu led a high powered delegation, including the State Commissioner Of Police, to visit the family of Nwogu and assured that justice will be done. He also promised to ensure that the children of the deceased are educated to the highest level.
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