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Army dismisses soldier, Ajayi Johnson, for killing Okada rider in Abia

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T. Y Buratai

The Nigerian Army has dismissed Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson, who was arrested for killing an Okada rider, Mr Chimaobi Nwaogwu at Umoukereke Ngwa Community of Abia State on 7 August, 2019.

A statement by Colonel Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy  Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, said that Johnsonhad also been handed over to the Police for further necessary action, stressing that “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.”

Full text of the statement reads:

Reference 82 Division Nigerian Army earlier press release dated 10th of  August 2019 on the arrest of Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson who allegedly killed an okada rider  Mr Chimaobi Nwaogwu at Umoukereke Ngwa Community of Abia State on 7 August, 2019. In the press release Headquarters 82 Division assured the general public that the arrested soldier would be tried according to extant rules and regulations of the Nigerian Army and if found wanting appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against him.

Consequently, the Division wishes to inform the general public that the soldier was dully charged, tried and reduced to the rank of a private, subsequently dismissed from Service and is hereby formally handed over to the Nigerian Police Force, Abia State Command today Wednesday the 21st of August 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. Nigerian Army will continue to assist in the protection of  lives and property of all Nigerians as provided for in the constitution of the country.

Aliyu Yusuf
Colonel
Deputy  Director
Army Public Relations
82 Division Nigerian

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