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Group demands arrest of soldier who killed cyclist in Aba

The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders has condemned the murder of one Mr. Chimaobi Uzuokwa Nwogu, who was allegedly killed in front of his father’s compound in Amanze Umuokereke in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State by a soldier attached to a military checkpoint at Afo Di Mkpa Ohanze and Ukpakiri for refusing to pay N100 bribe.

 The group described the killing of the young man who is married with children as “barbaric and wicked”.

They, therefore, called for the “immediate arrest and prosecution of the murderous soldier that killed the young man.

The group said, “We demand an open prosecution of the culprit. There should be no secret prosecution where they culprit will be set free”.

According to the President General of COSEYL, Chief Goodluck Egwu Ibem, “We demand immediate removal of all military and police checkpoints in the entire South East geo-political zone. The checkpoints that were meant to be security checkpoints have been turned to extortion points by the soldiers and policemen.

“They harass road users and kill at will those who refuse to pay. They boast and say nothing will happen if they kill anyone for refusing to pay the extortion.

 “If the Federal Government is sincere in its fight against corruption. The should fight this military and police extortion/killings frontally by removing the checkpoints in the zone and introduce military and police patrols that will be moving from one place to another on the roads to provide security. Staying in one place for too long leads to extortion.
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