The leadership of the 14 Brigade Headquarters of Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Abia State on Wednesday formally handed over Lance Corporal Aliyu Johnson to the Nigeria Police Force for prosecution.
Corporal Aliyu is the soldier serving at Ohanze Forward Operation Base (FOB) who allegedly killed one Chimaobi Nwaogu in his father’s compound at Amaise Umuokereke Ngwa community, Obingwa LGA for reportedly refusing to give N100 bribe on the said fateful day
Speaking at the Police Headquarters Umuahia while handing over Ajayi to the Abia State Commissioner of Police, the Commander 14 Brigade; Brigadier General Solomon Kumapayi said that their visit was in line with the military tradition of handing over personnel to the police for further investigation and prosecution after being tried in the orderly room and dismissed from service.
Kumapayi further said that they were at the police commissioner’s office to formally hand over the culprit to the Nigerian Police, adding that he will be tried in line with the Police tradition.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations Nigerian Army 82 Division Enugu, Col. Aliyu Yusuf disclosed that Ajayi on the August 7, allegedly murdered Chimaobi Nwaogu at Umuokereke Obingwa, pointing out that the soldier was charged, tried, and dismissed and has been handed over to the Police for further investigation if found culpable.
Yusuf reiterated that the Nigerian Army will not condone any form of unprofessional action by any of its officers, assuring general public that the Nigerian Army will continue to assist in the protection of lives and properties in line with Nigerian Constitution.
Speaking while after the handover exercise, the Commissioner of Police Abia State Mr. Ene Okon said that the culprit, would be formally rearrested in line with the Police tradition, explaining that there has been a good collaboration between the Military and the Police.
Mr. Okon thanked the Army for making their job easy by handing over the culprit to the Police and assured the general public of their resolve to carry out their investigation in a more professional manner.