Feb 15, 2018 – Chaos As Soldier Escorting Expatriates Opens Fire Civilians In Hotel On Aba Port Harcourt Expressway
An Okada operator, Uzoma Ahunanya, is said to be battling for his life at an undisclosed hospital in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State after he was reportedly shot by an angry soldier.
The incident which happened at Chrismary Hotel on the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway on Tuesday, caused pandemonium.
A source said trouble started when some passers-by tried to rescue a Yoruba traditional medicine dealer from the soldier who escorted expatriates lodging in the hotel.
The soldier, after he was overpowered by the passers-by, went into the hotel, brought his gun and started shooting sporadically. Ahunaya and another man were injured in the process.
“I don’t know what the problem was, but we saw the soldier beating the woman and we went to intervene. The soldier was not having his gun at the moment, but he later brought out his gun which he started shooting and aiming at people,” the source said.
Chairman of the Okada Riders Association Ogechukwu Ogbonna confirmed the incident. He stressed that Ahunanya, who is a member of his union, is being treated at a private clinic at Obe Ukwa.
According to Ogbonna, the bullet pierced through Ahunanya’ thighs. Another man was also injured.
Sources at the 144 Battalion, who pleaded for anonymity, told our reporter that the soldier is not from their Battalion but on transit and escorting some expatriates.
They said Military Police from 14 Brigade, Ohafia and 144 Battalion have begun investigating the matter, adding that they have visited the hospitals where the victims are being treated.
The 14 Brigade would soon make official statement on the issue and would not want to predict the outcome of the ongoing investigation, the source added.
[Source: The Nation]