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Soldier shoots, injures two in Abia



Soldier shoots, injures two in Abia

A commercial motorcyclist, Uzoma Ahunanya, and another man are battling to stay alive at an undisclosed hospital in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State after they were shot by an angry soldier.
The incident occurred on Tuesday and caused pandemonium in the area near Chrismary Hotel on Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
A source said trouble started when some sympathisers came to the rescue of a Yoruba traditional medicine seller who was reportedly being manhandled by the soldier accompanying expatriates lodging in the hotel.
It was learnt that the soldier, after being overpowered by the sympathisers, went into the hotel premises, brought out his gun and started shooting indiscriminately and injured Ahunaya and another man.
Another witness said: “I don’t know what the problem was, but we saw the soldier beating the woman and we went to intervene. The soldier was not having his gun at the moment, but he later went in and brought out his gun which he started shooting and aiming at people.”
Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Okada riders’ association at Uratta, Mr. Ogechukwu Ogbonna, said Ahunanya, who is a member of his union, was receiving medical attention in a private clinic at Obe-Ukwa.
Ogbonna explained that the bullet pierced through one of the Ahunanya’s thighs, while the other victim, identified as a husband to a female shop owner, was also affected by the soldier’s bullets.
Sources at the 144 Battalion told our correspondent that the soldier was not from the battalion. According to them, he was on transit, escorting some expatriates.
A source said Military Police from 14 Brigade, Ohafia and 144 Battalion had begun investigation into the matter, adding that they had visited the hospitals where the victims were receiving medical attention.

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