“The army is also working to put in place measures to ensure that such incident never occur again,’’
The Nigerian Army says it has started its investigation on the alleged killing of a water melon seller by a soldier in Zamfara State.
The deceased was reportedly said to have asked the personnel to pay for the good he bought.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement obtained by THE DAILY TRUST on Tuesday, said the incident was quite regrettable, adding that the Nigerian army condoles with the family of the deceased.
He maintained that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division, Maj.-Gen. Usman Yusuf, had since launched a panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the altercations which on the long run, claimed one life.
According to Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, efforts are ongoing to arrest the yet-to-be-identified perpetrator, adding that no military operational vehicle was destroyed with fire as claimed in a report surrounding the incident.
He said the army remained professional and would never condone any act of misconduct by troops against the “very people they are deployed to protect’’.
He also assured that the alleged perpetrator, once identified, would be subjected to a thorough investigation and if found wanting, would be made to face the full wrath of the law in accordance with extant provisions.
“Furthermore, the army wish to assure the good people of Zamfara state that normalcy has been restored in the general area and remains committed in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.
“The army is also working to put in place measures to ensure that such incident never occur again,’’ he said.