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Extra-Judicial Killing In Osun: Killer Soldier To Be Charged To Court Soon

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

A soldier who allegedly killed a male indigene of Ede, Osun State on the last Valentine Day would soon be charged to court, the state Commisioner of Police, CP Ibrahim Maishanu, has said.

The soldier, a recruit of the Nigerian Army Engineering Construction Regiment (ECR), Ede was said to have cut short the life of one Ismaila Adekola while seeking fun at a restaurant in the town in commemoration of the valentine day.

Briefing journalists at his maiden press conference at the police headquarters in Osogbo, southwest Nigeria on Wednesday, the police boss condemned the attitude of some irate youths of the town who torched the restaurant where Adekola was allegedly murdered and also destroyed some properties.

The angry youths had took to the streets of Ede to protest the killing of Adekola by the soldier, a situation that caused tension in the town.

The youths who were heavily armed moved round major streets in the town as a result of which houses, shops and other commercial and private places in the town were locked up while the protest lasted.

It was gathered that most of the residents of Stadium area, Oja oba and other major areas in the heart of the town also vacated their houses for fear of being attacked by the protesters.

Police and soldiers were reportedly moving round the town, a situation which further heightened tension in the town as people moved helter-skelter apparently for their safety as the Police armoured vehicle moved round.

Commercial drivers and motorcyclists working in many parts of the town were forced to close hurriedly to avoid being attacked by the irate youths.

Investigations had revealed that the youths threatened to revenge the killing of one of them.

Meanwhile, the suspect had since been arrested and detained by the Police at the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Osogbo.

But the Police Commissioner said that investigation is still on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of Adekola by the young soldier.

“We have made some arrest and we are still investigating the matter and very soon, they will be charged to court. The Army too has a process, they will have to try him (suspect) and dismiss him before we can charge him to court.

“I am not happy at the behaviour of the residents of Ede who went vandalising properties and wanted to vent their anger on the police by threatening to set fire on the police station but we shall ensure it does not repeat itself again,” the CP said.

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