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Bayelsa Student Murder: Army launches manhunt for soldier

Nigerian Army says it has launched a manhunt for the soldier accused of killing his lover, Jennifer Ugadu, an undergraduate of Niger Delta University.

• July 15, 2021
Farouk Yahaya
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Farouk Yahaya

The Nigerian Army says it has launched a manhunt for the soldier accused of killing his lover, Jennifer Ugadu, an undergraduate of Niger Delta University, Ammasoma, Bayelsa.

The army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement on Thursday that the student was shot in her apartment by the suspect.

Mr Nwachukwu said there was no place for such barbaric acts in the army, adding that the force had commiserated with the deceased’s family.

According to him, the Nigerian Army is an institution that is accountable to the people and would ensure justice is served.

”The Nigerian Army has taken the allegation seriously, and a joint investigation has commenced, while an effort to profile and ascertain the true identity of the suspect is ongoing.

“The Nigerian Army being a professional and disciplined organisation, will continue to uphold and respect the fundamental human rights of citizens as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” said the statement.

Mr Nwachukwu assured the public that details of the investigation would be made public.

“The Nigerian Army also wishes to reaffirm that as a force with zero tolerance for any form of criminality, such allegations will not only be investigated but the culprit will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

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