A man suspected to be an Army Corporal serving in one of the military formations in Akwa Ibom State, has been arrested for armed robbery and murder.
The suspected corporal whose name the police authority in the state has not released, was said to have killed the deceased, a businessman while hitchhiking in the deceased’s vehicle.
He did not only kill the businessman, by allegedly shooting him with his service riffle, but he also robbed him of the vehicle, sped away and left the deceased on the road to die.
SECURITY REPORTERS.com gathered on Tuesday from a police source at Ikot Abasi Local Government Area where the deceased hailed from, that the suspected officer was tracked and arrested at Ukanafun Local Government Area and the vehicle including a rifle were recovered from him.
“The incident happened on Sunday. A motorist offered a serving army personnel a ride in his vehicle, not knowing that he was going to kill him. They got to a place; the Army man flatten his vehicle, killed him and after killing him dumped his body by the way side.
“The attention of the police was drawn to the scene and they swung into action and recovered the corpse and later deposited it at the mortuary for preservation. That was on Sunday.”
“On Monday, the deceased relatives came to the police in Ikot Abasi for assistance. Fortunately, the vehicle had a tracking device, so the police assisted them in tracking the vehicle. They tracked the car to Ukanafun LGA, where they surounded the place and arrested the armed officer . The police recovered the vehicle, and an AK-47 rifle from him” the source said.
Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Mr. Odiko Macdon, said the matter was under investigation, adding that the police are still trying to confirm the identities of the persons involved.