Soldier Fatally Stabs Trader in Ondo

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“Soldier’s fatal stabbing of trader shocks Ondo community. Get the latest updates on this tragic incident.”

The Ondo State Police Command announced on Saturday that it has initiated joint efforts with the Nigerian Army to apprehend a soldier accused of killing a trader in Akure, the state capital.

According to reports, the unidentified soldier allegedly fatally stabbed the trader at the bustling Arakale Market during an altercation on Saturday.

The incident prompted protests from the deceased trader’s colleagues at the market, but the situation was swiftly managed by the Ondo State Police Command.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident, said efforts were ongoing to arrest the soldier.

Odunlami said, “Yes, the police can confirm the stabbing of a young man by a soldier. The command is in touch with the military authority so that the culprit(s) can be identified and arrested”

A source in the market narrated that the soldier mobilised his colleagues to forcefully get refund of the money he paid to the deceased for an unsatisfactory service, leading to an argument between them.

The source said, “I think the soldier and the trader (deceased) had an argument over service rendered by the trader. I think the solder was not satisfied with the service and he asked for a refund.

“That was when the trouble started. Later, the soldier mobilised his colleagues and the arguments continued. It was there the trader was stabbed by one of the soldiers, after which they left the scene.”

The source added that the incident led to a protest as the other traders in the market barricaded the Arakale Road, preventing vehicular movements.

It took the intervention of policemen to clear the road.

Source: Punch

 

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