Four soldiers to be charged over killing of NDLEA officer.

Saturday, May 25, 2024 
The Niger State Police Command has paraded four dismissed soldiers arrested over the killing of an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kingsley Chimetalo.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, May 24, 2024, said the Nigerian Army court-martialed and dismissed the soldiers before handing them over to the police. 

According to the PPRO, Kingsley Chimetalo was stabbed to death by the suspect during an altercation with a team of NSCDC officers who were on stop and search in Bida Local Government Area of the state. 

“On 09/03/2024 at about 1820hrs, a team of NDLEA officers were on stop and search at Ramat Junction, Bida while two suspected soldiers who were not on uniform, on a motorcycle got to the point and they were intercepted by the NDLEA team,” the statement read.

"The team requested for identification, but the suspected soldiers could not establish a proper means of identification, and their bag was searched but nothing incriminating was found.

"In the course of this, there was an argument and altercation, and after the search, the suspected soldiers left the scene and returned with an additional men reinforced to the scene for an alleged attack.

"Unfortunately, during the fight, an officer of the NDLEA named Kingsley Chimetalo was stabbed at the back with a Jack-knife by one of the suspects and his rifle was taken away.

 "The injured officer was taken to FMC Bida where he later gave up the ghost and confirmed dead. During the investigation by the Police operatives attached to ‘A’ Division Bida, the officer’s rifle was later recovered in a nearby bush where it was dumped without a magazine.

 "During the painstaking investigation in collaboration with 18 Brigade, Nigeria Army Bida, six soldiers were later identified, court martialed and dismissed, while two escaped.

"The four suspects are: Sani Munzani 24yrs of Kano State, Abubakar Auwalu 26yrs of Kano State, Abubakar Sani 23yrs of Kebbi State, Muazu Hassan 22yrs of Edo State

"The four suspects were handed over to the Police on 20/05/2024 for prosecution, while Sani Munzani confessed to the stabbing of the deceased. 

“All suspects are under investigation in SCID Minna and will be charged to court for prosecution as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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