Widow of murdered Okada man cries for justice as police arraign killer soldier in Abia
By Steve Oko
Mrs. Chiamaka Nworgu, the widow of Mr. Chimobi Nworgu, a commercial motorcycle (Okada) operator killed by a trigger -happy soldier at a military checkpoint in Aba has cried out for justice.
This is as the killer soldier, Corporal Johnson Ajayi was Wednesday arraigned by the police at Umuahia Chief Magistrate court.
The suspect was charged with one count charge of murder.
The Kogi State -born soldier who was on a military checkpoint at Umuokereke Ngwa on August 7, followed the victim to his house after he refused to part with N100 at the checkpoint, and shot him to death in front of his family members.
Reports say the killer soldier boarded another bike and pursued the victim to his house, a distance of five kilometres before shooting him from hehind his neck.
He has since been tried and dissmised from service by the Army and handed over to the police for prosecution.
The one count charge marked U/587c read : ” That you Ajayi Johnson, on the 7th day of August, 2019 at Umuokereke Ngwa village Obingwa in Obingwa magistarial district, unlawfully killed one Chimobi Jeremiah Nworgu, by shooting him with AK47 rifle /firearm, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 80. Vol. 3 Laws of Abia State of Nigeria 2005.”
After the one count charge of murder was read to the suspect he could not make a plea, and when asked by the magistrate if he had a counsel, he said “they did not allow me get one”.
Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate , Magistrate Linda Ugbaja ordered that the suspect be reminded at the prison custody and the case file transferd to the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP.
The matter was adjourned till September 16 for the report of compliance.
In an interview with newsmen after the court session, the 19 – year old widow of the deceased, appealed to government to ensure the killer of her husband did not escape justice.
The mother of two who said her late husband was the bread winner of the family also appealed to government to come to the rescue of the family as she has no means of livelihood.
She said she was yet to come out of the trauma of the tragic murder of her husband.
Her Counsel, Chibuzor Adiele said the Ministry of Justice would file the matter to the Hight Court which has jurisdiction over it.
Meanwhile the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the police would have transferred the matter to the DPP before the next adjourned date.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.