An officer of the Nigeria Army has been arrested by the police in connection with the alleged murder of a businessman in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was gathered that the officer allegedly killed him and dispossessed him of his vehicle after giving him a ride in his vehicle on Sunday.
A reliable source from Ikot Abasi LGA told Punch correspondent on Tuesday that the officer was tracked and arrested at Ukanafun LGA, and the vehicle including a rifle was recovered from him.
“The incident happened on Sunday, a motorist offered a serving army officer a ride in his vehicle, not knowing that he was going to kill him. They got to a place, the army officer attacked him, killed him, and dumped his corpse by the roadside.
“The attention of the police was drawn to the scene and they swooped 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 surrounded the place and arrested the armed officer, recovered the vehicle, and an AK-47 rifle from him” the source said.
The source said the entire Ikot Abasi LGA has been thrown into jubilation over the arrest and recovery of the vehicle.
When contacted, the Public Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, said the matter is under investigation, adding that the police are still trying to confirm the identity of the person involved.
“The matter is still under investigation, we are trying to get the report and also trying to determine the identity of the person involved,” he said.