The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, August 21, announced the dismissal of an alleged killer soldier, Lance Cpl. Ajayi Johnson, to pave the way for his prosecution.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army dismissed Johnson, who allegedly killed a commercial motorcyclist, Chimaobi Nwogu, at Umoukereke Ngwa in Obingwa local government area of Abia.
The Army made the announcement in a statement by its deputy director, public relations of the division, Col Aliyu Yusuf, in Enugu. Yusuf stated that Johnson had been handed over to the police command in Abia for prosecution.
The suspect had on August 7, reportedly killed Nwogu for failing to drop N100 at a military checkpoint. The commercial driver died on the spot. The soldier was later arrested and tried in accordance with extant rules and regulations of the Nigerian Army.
According to Yusuf, Johnson has been charged, tried and reduced to the rank of a private before his dismissal from service.
“He is, hereby, formally handed over to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Abia state command today Wednesday, August 21, 2019 for further necessary action. “The 82 Division will not condone any act of lawlessness and unprofessional conduct from any of its personnel, and wherever that happens, decisive action will surely be taken against erring personnel,” Yusuf stated.
The Army spokesperson said the security body would continue to discharge its core mandate in protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians as provided in the constitution.