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Army probes alleged extortion, murder of woman in Katsina State



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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday stated that it has started investigation into the supposed extortion and killing of a woman in Yankara Village in Kastina by one of its officials.

The woman was declared to have been apprehended on May 7 by a local vigilante group in a commercial vehicle with about N420,000. She was allegedly handed over to the army for additional investigation on the source of the money, but was supposedly murdered by the troops.

Meanwhile, the Army in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, declared that the investigation on the matter has commenced, promising Nigerians that officials found guilty would be punished according to the law.

Yerima also appealed to Nigerians to be calm, stating that the investigation would be thorough.

The statement named, ‘Army investigates alleged involvement of personnel in extortion and murder of woman in Kastina’ read, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to media reports on the extortion and gruesome murder of a woman in Yankara Village of Katsina State allegedly by troops.

“The Nigerian Army, therefore, wishes to inform the general public that it has commenced investigation into the matter and that anyone found culpable will face the wrath of the law.

“As a professional and responsible force, the NA does not tolerate any act of professional misconduct.

“The general public is hereby urged to remain calm as the investigation will be thorough and enough to get to the root of the matter.”

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