Youths On Rampage As ‘Soldier’ kills Okada Man Over N100 In Aba

Angry youths from Amaise, Umuokereke Ngwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State took to Aba-Ikot Ekpene Expressway in protest of their kinsman identified as Chimaobi Nwaogu Uzoukwa who was reportedly killed by a soldier serving in the state.

The killing sparked off demonstration which paralyzed economic activities in parts of Aba. Uzokwa, it was learnt that the soldier after trailing and killing the deceased at his father’s compound in Amaise, Umuokereke Ngwa hopped into a waiting motorcycle driven by another soldier and left the victim in the pool of his blood having being convinced that the deceased would not make it alive, even if there was an attempt to rush him to any medical facility for treatment.

Reports from the area have it that the soldier whose identity is yet-to-be known at the time of this report allegedly killed Mr. Uzoukwa for refusing to part with N100 daily toll they allegedly pay to the soldier.
Reports say the action of the soldier angered youths of the area who stormed the army outpost at Ohanze in Obingwa LGA and set it ablaze after soldiers manning the post took to their heels on receiving information that the mob was heading to their location.

The youths after setting the army outpost ablaze to register more their displeasure took the body of the deceased to Opobo road, off the heart of the commercial city where they reportedly set ablaze a stationary Police van with Mopol 55 inscription at the ever-busy Opobo junction.

According to sources, the killer is suspected to be a soldier is from a neigbouring Abia community or a gunman who hid in military camouflage to commit the heinous crime.

The 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army is already investigating the matter and would soon make their findings public soon.

Gen Tukur Buratai

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