A soldier identified as Abiola Odedeji has allegedly stabbed an okada rider (commercial motorcyclist), Niyi James, to death for shunning him in Agbado area of Ogun State.
The killer soldier had visited his girlfriend, Amada David, at Agbado Junction around 3.30pm in company of his colleague, Damilare Oni.
The soldier went to the area, close to the Agbado Police Station, on a power bike.
It was gathered that after a short discussion, Odedeji and his girlfriend decided to go out on the motorbike.
He was said to have stopped Niyi, who shuttled between the junction and Agbado Crossing, to take Oni to Ijaiye, Lagos State.
An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Akinjobi, said that the 36-year-old native of Ikogosi, Ekiti State, declined on the grounds that he did not have a ticket to operate in the Ijaiye area.
Akinjobi said, “The soldier (Odedeji) was angry that the okada rider said no to a military man and started flogging him with a horsewhip. Suddenly, he brought out a long knife and stabbed the man on the thigh.
“He also stabbed him on the waist and stomach. He was so confident that he robbed off the bloodstains on the knife on the man’s head. He boasted that he had killed many people. He and his colleague escaped on the power bike, while the lady took another motorcycle. We quickly alerted the police.”
It was learnt that a team of policemen, led by the Agbado Divisional Police Officer, CSP Sunday Omonijo, immediately went after the suspects.
Odedeji’s girlfriend was apprehended on Clem Road, Ijaiye, while policemen chased the soldiers to Mosalasi bus stop.
Akinjobi further said: “Odedeji stabbed one of the policemen on the arm, but they eventually arrested him and his colleague. He is part of the troops deployed in Borno State to fight Boko Haram. His colleague is serving in Bauchi State. They are both from Osun State. The okada rider died at the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital.”
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said the suspects would be charged to court after investigations had been concluded.
He said, “The case has been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, for further investigations. The Nigerian Army has been contacted and the suspects will face necessary disciplinary action.”