Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said on Thursday that armed security personnel who shot at a commercial motorcyclist in a locality near Aba were arrested.
The deceased, Chimaobi Uzoukwa, was reportedly killed for refusing to part with the N100 bribe at the Ohanze military checkpoint.
According to a statement by Onyebuchi Ememanka, the governor’s press officer, Ikpeazu announced the arrest of the suspect when he conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of the Umuokereke Ngwa community in Obingwa Government District.
He promised to exhaust all possibilities for the deceased, who left a pregnant woman, two sons and an elderly mother, to obtain justice.
Ikpeazu, who named the suspect “Cpl Ajayi,” said the fugitive soldier, arrested Wednesday and currently in custody. He described the killing of the 30-year-old Okada driver as “evil, malicious, unprofessional and cowardly”.
He lamented that a security officer paid and treated with tax money could reverse the situation and kill the person he was to protect. Ikpeazu said that the circumstances of the killing were unacceptable to the government and the people of Abia.
“To prove that a soldier could track down an unarmed young man from the village of Ohanze to Umuokereke Ngwa and shoot him closely, logic was challenged.It’s too much of a murder. Under the law, we will do our utmost to bring this murderous suspect to justice. No matter what we need, we’ll do it, we’ll go to Abuja or somewhere else to make sure the suspect will not escape.The death of this young man is extremely painful and can not be in vain.
“This is my position and that of the government and people of Abia,” said the governor, Ikpeazu who promised to ensure that the young family of the deceased does not suffer. He asked the family and the community to support the incident with determination and to refrain from violent protests. The governor was accompanied by State Police Commissioner Ene Okon, the Aba Police Force Commander, ACP member Peter Opara and other senior police officials.