On Thursday, Abia’s Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu said the armed security staff, who supposedly shot and murdered a commercial motorcyclist in a community close Aba, have been detained.
The deceased, Mr Chimaobi Uzoukwa, was reportedly killed for refusing to part with N100 bribe at Ohanze military checkpoint.
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As per a release issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, Ikpeazu confirmed the suspect’s detention when he paid a visit of condolence to the bereaved family in the Umuokereke Ngwa community in the Obingwa State Local Government Area.
He swore to exhaust all avenues possible to ensure that the deceased, who left behind a pregnant wife, two sons and an aged mother, got justice.
Ikpeazu, who gave the name of the suspect as “Cpl. Ajayi”, said the fleeing soldier was arrested on Wednesday and was currently being detained.
He described the killing of the 30-year-old okada rider as “wicked, malicious, unprofessional and cowardly.”
He expressed sadness that a security personnel, who was paid and maintained with tax payers money, could turn around to kill the person he was paid to protect.
Ikpeazu said that the circumstances surrounding the killing were unacceptable 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.
Ikpeazu promised that to make sure that the young family of the deceased did not suffer.
He pleaded with the family and community to bear the incident with fortitude and refrain from violent protests.
On the visit, the governor was accompanied by the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ene Okon, Aba Police Area Commander, ACP Peter Opara, and other senior police officers.