THE EDUCATOR - August 28 2019

Killer Army Officer In Abia Arraigned

...Deceased Wife Cries For Justice

Police today in Abia Arraigned a 29 years old army officer Ajayi Johnson who allegedly killed one Chimaobi Jeremiah Nwogu on the 7th of August for refusing to give him N100 bribe at Ohanze military check point, Obingwa LGA of Abia state.

The suspect was arraigned  at the magistrate court 1, presided over by his worship, Linda Ugbaja on  a one court charge of murder

According to the charge sheet number U/587 2019, the suspect was accused of having unlawfully killed one Chimaobi Jeremiah Nwogu by shooting him with Ak47 riffle at Umuokereke Ngwa village and thereby committed an office punishable under section 319 (1) of the criminal law.

Responding to the magistrate question, Ajayi said he is from Kabba In Kogi state and was
not  granted access to a lawyer

The magistrate disclosed that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter and adjourned the case to the 16th of September 2019 while he was remanded in prison

It will be recalled that the army at the check point used to extorting money from  okada riders who are subjected to paying N100 daily, unfortunately for late Nwogu, two weeks again, he dodged from paying the money till on the 7th of August when he was caught by the same soldiers at the checkpoint who parked him by the side of the road and demanded he pay all the outstanding money, the late Nwogu said he can only pay the N100 of the day but the officers refused, seeing that the attention of the soldiers have been diverted to other cyclists with the urgent call from his wife  that one of his child was sick sped off

Ajayi noticing what was happening commandeered the next available motorcyclist and  pursued the deceased to a distance of about 10 kilometer near his house before shooting him to death

Crying for justice the wife of the deceased, Chiamaka Nwogu who said she was 19 years old with two children said the death of her husband was very painful and she was yet to over the death.

Reacting over the adjournment, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna said the magistrate court does not have the jurisdiction to entertain murder case and what they did was to remand the accuse in prison till 16/8/2019 to enable the police transfer the matter to Director of Public persecution for onwards transfer to the appropriate court.