By Oladapo Udom, Lagos.
The immediate-past General Officer Commanding (GOC). 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa, on Tuesday said that investigations were underway concerning the alleged killing of a police officer, Orukpe Monday, by some soldiers in Lagos last Thursday.
Umar disclosed this on Tuesday while handing over to the new GOC, 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Obinna Ajunwa, at 81 Division’s Headquarters on Victoria Island, Lagos State.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, an altercation occurred between some soldiers and some policemen near Ojo in Lagos State, leading to the death of Monday, a police officer.
Musa said that preliminary investigations revealed that the police officer shot at the soldier during the altercation, which clipped him in the ear but narrowly missed his vital parts.
“The other soldiers reacted to the shot fired by the police officer and this led to their beating the policeman to death.
“We have paid a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police to tell him that we will take necessary measures to prevent future occurrences of such nature.
“The injured soldier is in the hospital receiving treatment and investigation is ongoing to ascertain the next line of action to be taken,” he said.
It would be recalled that Inspector Monday Orukpe of the Lagos State Police Command, allegedly died from the torture he purportedly received from soldiers who attacked him and his colleagues in the Trade Fair area of Lagos State.
Another Inspector, Igbafe Ojo, who was reportedly tortured by the same soldiers, had been hospitalised at the military hospital in Ojo Military Cantonment, now receiving treatment.
Maj.-Gen. Musa, however, advised the personnel of the division to give the new GOC the necessary cooperation he needed, in his efforts to move the division to greater heights.
“I urge you all to be loyal, dedicated and you should redouble your efforts to surmount the current security challenges the country is facing.
“We are all aware of how threats are spreading all over the country and we are doing our best to ensure that we curtail all these activities.
“I assure the civilian populace that the Army is doing its best to ensure that the country remains peaceful,” he said.
Musa urged the media to continue to give correct reportage and publicity concerning the activities of the Nigerian Army, so that the bandits would know that they were being subdued.
Also speaking, Maj.-Gen. Ajunwa said that he would strive to identify the security gaps in the state and deploy strategies to address them.