Abia Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the State Commissioner of Police CP Ene Okon to step up investigations to unravel why a soldier attached to the Ohanze military checkpoint shot and killed 30 year old commercial motorcyclist, Chimaobi Nwaorgu from Umuokereke Ngwa, Obingwa LGA.
Speaking during a condolence visit to the bereaved family at Obingwa, the Governor disclosed that the army personnel who shot the victim has been apprehended and detained. He wondered why the soldier would pursue and shoot the victim point blank from the back more than 25 kilometers from the military checkpoint at Ohanze, adding that government will not rest until it gets to the root of the matter .He appealed to the youths of the area to remain calm and seize from further show of anger that may lead to breakdown of law and order.
According to the Governor, security personnel paid with tax payers money must respect the sanctity of human life and not kill innocent citizens they are supposed to protect. He condoled the bereaved family over the loss of their son and assured that the children left behind by the deceased will be catered for by the State government.
Contributing, the Commissioner of Police, Abia State Command, CP Ene Okon said the Nigeria Police does not condone such acts, hence the continuous exposure of its men to trainings on human rights.
He appealed to the community to remain calm as his team is doing everything possible to get to the root of the matter.
Also speaking after being addressed by the Governor, the youth leader of Assembly Umuokereke Ngwa community, Chika Isigwe narrated how the whole incident happened and requested government to not only ensure the suspect is punished appropriately but stop the extortion of innocent Nigerians, who are doing their legitimate busineses.
Receiving the Governor, an uncle to the deceased, Nwanguma Nwogugu said the incident occurred around noon, Wednesday 7th July when he received the news that the victim was shot from the back by a soldier who wanted to extort N100 naira from him at the checkpoint.
BY Jinanwa Azubike & Divine Nwankwo