Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA) has commenced an investigation into the alleged killing of one Mr. Lawal, who was said to have been killed by some persons in military uniform on August 17, 2023.
The victim, who is also a staff of Cedric Masters Limited, was said to have been killed by suspected soldiers who made off with his car after dumping his body by the roadside.
According to sources, Lawal was on his way to deliver a brand new 2022 Toyota Corolla from Lagos to Abuja when he was accosted by soldiers at a military checkpoint along the Ojodu Berger area of the state.
In a statement, the 81 Division stated: “In as much as information into the allegation is still scanty at the moment, being a responsible organization, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army considers it appropriate to bring the occurrence to public notice and the steps taken to identify the alleged persons in military uniform, believed to be soldiers, and bring them to justice, if truly they are serving soldiers.
“The Division is currently carrying out an investigation in conjunction with the Nigerian Police Lagos State Command to unravel the identity of the alleged suspects and the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident. At the end of the investigation, if the suspects are identified as serving soldiers, they will face the full wrath of both military and civil laws.
“While the matter is under investigation, Headquarters 81 Division requests the family of the deceased to exercise patience and wait for the outcome of the investigation, as whoever is found wanting will face disciplinary action. The Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for troops’ misconduct or the involvement of its personnel in any form of criminality; hence, it will not allow this allegation to unravel.
“Consequently, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division NA, Maj Gen MT Usman, commiserates with the family of the victim while promising that justice would be served accordingly. He assures the family of the deceased that whoever killed their loved one will not be allowed to go unpunished.”