Gov Otti condoles Nigeria Army over recent killing, calls for thorough investigation

By Innocent Raphael 

Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti, while calling for proper investigations over the recent incident in the state, has continued his morale-boosting efforts with a visit to the men of the Nigeria Army’s 144 Battalion in Osisioma, Abayi, near Aba 

This visit follows a similar engagement last Saturday at the 144 Battalion Asa, where he expressed his condolences to the officers and the families of soldiers killed by unidentified gunmen on May 30 at Obikabia.

Upon arrival, Governor Otti was welcomed by Major K.P. Duniya, representing Brigadier General O.O. Diya of the 14 Brigade Ohafia, who later joined in receiving the Governor. Otti emphasized his role as the Chief Security Officer of Abia State, expressing his commitment to support and encourage the troops.

“I am here to address the unfortunate incident that happened a week ago at Obikabia Junction in Obingwa Local Government Area,” Otti stated.

 He reassured the troops that the Abia State Government would continue to back them as they fulfil their duty to protect citizens.

Governor Otti announced a bounty of N25 million for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the attack. 

He highlighted that credible intelligence was being gathered and urged the troops not to let the incident dampen their morale.

“We believe this criminal act may have been executed by those opposed to the progress in Abia. We will ensure that everyone involved is brought to justice,” he affirmed. 

He also detailed the state’s commitment to supporting the families of the deceased soldiers, including providing scholarships for their children and ongoing support for the widows.

While acknowledging that most detainees have been released, with only a few still under investigation, the Governor appealed to the Army to conduct their investigations with caution, ensuring that innocent civilians are not wrongfully punished.

Governor Otti thanked the troops for their efforts in reducing criminal activities in the state, noting their vigilance and dedication. “Continue to be alert and undeterred. We will get the criminals,” he concluded.

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