Residents of Jakpa junction, Effurun, in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, at the weekend, witnessed a wedding day murder involving a middle aged woman, Mrs. Akparobi Orobogha, who was on her way to her daughter’s wedding, but was allegedly shot dead by a soldier.
The Soldier was one of the military men deployed to enforce the no-movement restriction during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise at the area.
Late Mrs. Orobogha was on her way to attend her daughter’s wedding when the soldiers stopped the tricycle conveying her from the wedding ceremony at the roadblock but the rider refused to comply. The wedding ceremony reportedly commenced very early in order to beat the sanitation exercise.
According to the family members of the deceased, one of the soldiers fired a shot at the fleeing tricycle which allegedly killed the woman, though Military sources countered the story saying the bride’s mother died from a bayonet injury fired by one of the soldiers.
First child of the late woman, Alero, who spoke from Ekpan police station where the incident was reported, explained that the alleged murderer-soldier was taken away by men of the military Joint Task Force (JTF), as against reports that he was arrested.
However in developing stories on the wedding day murder, authorities of the 4 Brigade Nigeria Army, Benin City, said it has arrested the soldier who allegedly killed Mrs. Akparobi Orobogha.
The Brigade in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, expressed regrets over the incident, saying that the soldiers concerned have been arrested and investigation is ongoing.
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The statement read in part;
”The Brigade wishes to assure the general public that once investigation is concluded the finding will be made public and the soldier if found culpable will be prosecuted according to military law.”