The 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Owena Barracks, Akure, Ondo State, says it has begun investigation into the death of a 25-year-old woman, Adeyemo Juliana, who was allegedly killed by a yet-to-be identified person suspected to be a soldier.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Brigade, Captain Ojo Adelegan, while confirming the incident to newsmen on Monday, said the incident is unfortunate.
The PRO however, denied the suspect was a soldier.
According to Adelegan, “The incident is unfortunate, but I want to tell you that it was not a soldier that killed the woman. It is not possible, our soldiers cannot do such a thing; they are responsible officers.
“The army would get to the root of the matter,” he stated.
It had been reported that Juliana, a voucher (recharge card) seller in the barracks, was found in a pool of blood in her apartment in Block 5, inside the barracks on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
The husband of the deceased, Mr. Wale Adeyemo, who said he was not around when the incident happened, alleged that the killer carried out the act on his wife in the presence of her two children, noting that there were many cuts on her body which indicated that she was stabbed to death.
According to him, “One of our children, Dayo, a four-year-old, said a soldier entered into the apartment and killed his mother on the day.
“As my wife struggled with her killer, she and the children cried for help, but none of the neighbours came around to rescue her and after the act, the killer stole all the money in the house and the recharge cards that she sold.
“I am appealing to the army authority and the government to help me arrest the killer of my wife.
“I don’t want the matter to be swept under the carpet,” the deceased’s husband said.
When asked why the matter was not reported at the police station since his wife was a civilian living in the barracks, Adeyemo told journalists that he was told by the leadership of the brigade not to report the matter at the police station, that army authority would handle it.