Nigerian Army has dismissed Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson, who was accused of killing an Okada rider, Chimaobi Nwaogu, at his community, Umuokereke Ngwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
Johnson had, on August 7, allegedly killed Chimaobi for refusing to part with N100 at a military checkpoint located at Ohanze, along Aba-Ikot Ekpene Highway.
While handing over the suspect to Abia State Police Command, the Commander, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Brigadier General Solomon Kumapayi, disclosed that the Army had conducted investigations, tried the suspect in line with military regulations and found him guilty. The Brigade Commander announced that the killer-soldier has been demoted from the rank of Lance Corporal to Private and dismissed from the Army. His words:
The Army promised to do everything possible to fish out the culprit of the unfortunate incident. We had already conducted our investigations and we have, in line with extant military rule, tried the identified culprit.
According to him, “the story was that a cultist killed an Okada rider, but from in-house inquiries, it was alleged that a soldier was the culprit. The military, in line with its tradition, had done its homework and what they are expected to do. Yesterday, the military has handed the culprit to the Police to carry out its statutory function of investigating criminal matters.