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Army probes alleged killing of bureau-de-change operator

By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS — ARMY authorities in Lagos, yesterday, said investigation into the killing of a bureau-de-change operator, Tuesday, in Ikeja area of the state by a private soldier had begun, even as they have exonerated the private and members of his team from operating illegally in the area.

Investigation, according to army sources, revealed so far that Private Aminu Audu pulled the trigger in self defence.  This claim, army sources said, coroborated those of some eye witnesses when the scene was visited on Wednesday.

A senior army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “ Our men had gone to repair their patrol vehicle and were on their way back when two persons approached them that some people had short-changed them.

Two of them went to confirm the claim and effect possible arrest. But on reaching there, a mob gathered and tried to prevent them. In the process, seven persons tried to disarm one of the soldiers. The struggle went on for seven minutes before he pulled the trigger. He shot in self defence.”

The incident was said to have sparked off a violent protest during which the Private’s colleague identified as Lance Corporal Yahaya Mohammed was descended on before the arrival of other members of the team.

The Lance Corporal, according to the senior officer, was immediately rushed to the hospital at  Brigade 9, Ikeja where he is said to be responding to treatment.

Contacted, Public Relations Officer, 81Division, Victoria Island, Lagos, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Mensah, declined comment on phone, saying he was not comfortable with such conversation on phone.


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