Army fires 4 soldiers for stabbing NDLEA official to death

The Nigerian Army has dismissed four soldiers, Sani Munzani (24), Abubakar Auwalu (26), Abubakar Sani (23) and Muazu Hassan (22), for allegedly stabbing an official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). , Kingsley Chimetalo. , died in Bida town, Niger State.

The suspects were investigated, court-martialed and dismissed by the 18 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Bida.

They were said to have gotten into a physical fight with NDLEA officials at a checkpoint at Rahmatu Dangana Junction in Bida, during which Chimetalo was reportedly stabbed in the back with a knife and the soldiers took away his rifle.

The dismissed soldiers have been handed over to the Niger State Police Command for further processing.

The Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Police Command, SP Wasiu Abiodun, said: “On 09/03/2024, at approximately 1820 hours, a team of NDLEA officers were doing stop and search at Ramat Junction, Bida. , while two suspicious soldiers who were not in uniform, on a motorcycle arrived at the scene and were intercepted by the NDLEA team.

“The team requested identification but the suspected soldiers were unable to establish a suitable means of identification and her bag was searched but nothing incriminating was found.

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

“Unfortunately, during the fight, an NDLEA officer named Kingsley Chimetalo was stabbed in the back with a knife by one of the suspects and his rifle was taken from him.

“The injured officer was taken to FMC Bida, where he later surrendered. “During the investigation carried out by police officers attached to ‘A’ Bida division, the officer’s rifle was later recovered in a nearby bush, where it was dumped without a magazine.”

Abiodun said one of the suspects, Sani Munzani, confessed to stabbing Chimetalo.

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