“Army Investigating Killing Of University Student By Soldier In Calabar”

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria


The Nigerian Army has said that its attention has been drawn to a viral video alleging the killing of a final year student of the University of Calabar, Mr Gray Agbesu, on Friday July 9, 2021 by a serving soldier  deployed on duty at the Calabar Correctional Service facility. 
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu who made this known in a press statement, said
on receiving the information, the soldier was apprehended by own troops, while trying to flee the town to evade arrest. 
He said, the soldier is currently in the custody of the Military Police and investigation has commenced to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killing of the student. 
According to him, the Commander 13 Brigade has visited the scene of the incident and  addressed the youths and assured them of the commitment of Nigerian Army authorities  towards ensuring that justice prevails in the unfortunate incident. 
The Brigade Commander has also paid a visit to the family of the deceased, where he reiterated  the Army’s resolve to ensure that the family gets justice over the killing of their son.
 The Commander has equally  visited the Cross River State General Hospital, where the remains of the deceased was deposited.
 “The Nigerian Army  remains a disciplined and professional organization and will not condone such unprofessional conduct by any of its personnel”. 
 “The Nigerian Army will continue to operate within the ambit of the law, hence, would not tolerate any act of infringement on the fundamental human rights of citizens by its personnel”.
“We assure the family and the community, that the soldier will be duly investigated and made to face judicial processes as deemed appropriate by the law.
“He is currently in the custody of the Military Police and investigation has commenced to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killing of the student. 
“The Commander 13 Brigade has visited the scene of the incident and  addressed the youths. 
“He assured them of the commitment of Nigerian Army authorities  towards ensuring that justice prevails in the unfortunate incident. 
“The Brigade Commander has also paid a visit to the family of the deceased, where he reiterated  the Army’s resolve to ensure that the family gets justice over the killing of their son. 
“The Commander has equally  visited the Cross River State General Hospital, where the remains of the deceased was deposited.
” The Nigerian Army  remains a disciplined and professional organization and will not condone such unprofessional conduct by any of its personnel.  
“The Nigerian Army will continue to operate within the ambit of the law, hence, would not tolerate any act of infringement on the fundamental human rights of citizens by its personnel.
“We assure the family and the community, that the soldier will be duly investigated and made to face judicial processes as deemed appropriate by the law.”

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