Army probes killing of bus driver by soldiers in Lagos

Army probes killing of bus driver by soldiers in Lagos

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The authority of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army and the Police have begun investigation into the killing of a driver in Lagos State.

The spokesperson of 81 Division,  Lt, Col O O. Ayeni in a statement released on Sunday  said that the Nigerian Army will ensure that justice is served accordingly.

The 81 Division spokesperson said, “Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA) wishes to inform the general public that it has commenced investigation into an alleged killing of one Mr Lawal who was said to have been killed by some persons in military uniform on 17 August 2023.” 

“In as much as information into the allegation is still scanty at the moment, being a responsible organisation, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army considers it appropriate to bring the occurrence to public notice and the steps taken to identify the alleged persons in military uniform, believed to be soldiers, and bring them to justice, if truly they are serving soldiers.”

Lt .Col Ayeni added that “The Division is currently carrying out investigation in conjunction with the Nigerian Police Lagos State Command to unravel the identity of the alleged suspects and the circumstances surrounding the alleged unfortunate incident.

“At the end of the investigation, if the suspects are identified as serving soldiers, they will be made to face the full wrath of both military and civil laws.”he added 

The spokesperson stressed that “While the matter is under investigation, Headquarters  81 Division requests the family of the deceased  to exercise patience and wait for the outcome of the investigation as whosoever is found wanting will be made to face disciplinary action. 

“The Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for troops’ misconduct or involvement of its personnel in any form of criminality, hence, will not allow this allegation to go unravelled. 

“Consequently, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division NA, Maj Gen MT Usman, commiserates with the family of the victim while promising that justice would be served accordingly. He assures the family of the deceased that whosoever killed their loved one will not be allowed to go unpunished,” the statement added.

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