Army investigates soldier behind alleged murder of civilians

The Nigerian Army, headquarters 81 Division, has opened investigation investigation into an alleged killing of one Mr Lawal who was said to have murdered some unarmed Civilians in military uniform on 17 August 2023.

Lieutenant Colonel, Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, the acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Nigerian Army said in a statement on Sunday that information into the allegation is still scanty at the moment.

He said as “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”.

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.

The Army assured that in 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 noted that while the matter is under investigation, Headquarters 81 Division requests the family of the deceased to wait for the outcome of the investigation as whosever 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.

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The statement which did not reveal the exact location where the tragedy occurred also assured that the family of the deceased that whosoever killed their loved one will not be allowed to go unpunished.


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