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Nigerian Army probes soldiers accused of killing hotel manager

Nigerian Army probes soldiers accused of killing hotel manag

The Nigerian Army has vowed to investigate allegations of unprofessional conduct by its personnel following the death of a hotel manager in Umuahia, Abia State.

This is contained in a statement signed by major general Onyema Nwachukwu, the director army public relations on Sunday.

"The Nigerian Army (NA) is deeply concerned by the alleged unprofessional conduct of some of its personnel in the tragic death of a hotel manager in Umuahia, Abia State, as reported in some online media.

The statement comes amid reports that Achimugu James Etubi, a manager at Hotel Royal Damgrete, was tortured to death by soldiers investigating the drowning of a Nigerian Air Force cadet at the hotel's swimming pool.

"In response to this unfortunate incident, the Chief of Army Staff has promptly ordered a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the facts and bring to book anyone found culpable," Nwachukwu said.

The Army expressed its condolences to the families of both Etubi and the deceased Air Force officer, Cadet Emmanuel Chidiebere Onyemereche.

"The NA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased Manager Mr Achimugu James Etubi and the Nigerian Air Force Officer Cadet Emmanuel Chidiebere Onyemereche and assure the public that every effort will be made to ensure that justice is served," Nwachukwu said.

The statement further emphasized the Army's commitment to professionalism and discipline.

"The Army is committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and discipline, and therefore any personnel found culpable of wrongdoing will face appropriate legal sanctions.

"The Nigerian Army is resolute in its pursuit of truth and justice, and we will keep the public informed at the conclusion of the investigation.” Nwachukwu said.

The Army also reaffirmed its commitment to national security.

 

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