SIX months after a soldier allegedly murdered one Mrs. Alice Akparobi in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered an investigation into the incident in which one Shedrack Saduwa was also shot in the stomach.
It was gathered that the investigation commences today.
The development followed a May 16 2016 petition by lawyer and rights activist, Oghenejabor Ikimi, to the Nigerian Army through the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, demanding that the matter be investigated to let justice prevail.
The COAS order for inquiry was directed to the Army Special Investigation Bureau and communicated in an October 7 letter through the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police to Ikimi on behalf of Isaac Akparobi, relative to late Mrs. Akparobi and seriously injured Saduwa.
The Military Police’s letter to Ikimi, signed by Col. K. C. Okoro, Commander of the Special Investigation Bureau, requested the lawyer to avail his clients, Isaac and Saduwa to the bureau for interview.
“The interview is necessary to have further insight into your petition.
Your clients are also requested to come with all relevant, and where necessary, duly certified documents in support of the petition,” the letter further read. Ikimi, speaking to Vanguard yesterday said, “Not only did the authority see reasons to shift the October 10 they initially fixed to meet our clients, they also had to move the venue to Warri because I told them my clients can’t even afford the trip to Abuja.”