From Okey Sampson, Umuahia
A soldier from 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, who is said to be attached to a Chinese construction company, was alleged to have stabbed a 34-year-old man to death in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
This is coming on the heels of the ongoing onslaught by soldiers of 14 brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia, against natives of Amangwu community, Ohafia, in which 10 people were alleged to have been killed and several buildings razed.
The deceased identified as Offor Uchenna, it was gathered, had an altercation with the soldier at about 10am on Saturday, around Umuahia Railway station. The soldier, whose name was given as Saeed Sabo, was said to have stabbed Uchenna, a native of Olokoro, Umuahia, in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State, on the right side of his chest.
The late Uchenna was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia for treatment, but was certified dead. The suspect was later arrested and handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the incident, said: “Erring soldier has been arrested and is in our custody, while investigation has commenced.
Ogbonna said the deceased body was deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.