Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed satisfaction with the way the Army High Command dealt with the unfortunate killing of the young man by a soldier at Obingwa last week.
Speaking to SECURITY WATCH AFRICA yesterday, the Governor said that part of the reasons that escalated the crisis was the initial denial by the Army that the killer was not one of them.
“It was a wrong move that naturally backfired. Luckily, the people from that area clearly identified the culprit and even named him. Again, we insisted that justice must be done in the matter. We had to activate every available contact at our disposal to get the attention of the highest authority in the Army and their response has been very satisfactory. Today, the Nigerian Army has formally owned up to the incident. They have tendered a public apology on the incident and have made a commitment to bring the soldier who is in detention, to justice. After their ongoing investigations, the soldier will likely be dismissed from the Army and arraigned before our regular courts for the offense. This has sent a clear message that we care for our citizens and we will take every legitimate step to pursue justice for them in cases like this.
I want to specifically commend the Commander of the 14 Brigade Ohafia and the GOC of the 82 Division at Enugu for their personal intervention in this matter. They were always available for discussions on the way forward in this matter and they were very cooperative. While a life has sadly been lost, the family of the deceased will have some comfort that that person who killed their son will face justice. Again, soldiers will now understand that you cannot just kill someone in Abia State, no matter how lowly placed, and get away with it”.
On how to relate with soldiers who operate in the state, Ikpeazu had this to say…