Army apologises to family of Okada rider beaten to death by soldier in Lagos

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The Nigerian Army through its counsel, Mr Bola Oyebanji, has apologised to the family of a commercial motorcyclist, Mr Abubakar Alhaji, who was allegedly beaten to death by Sgt. Taiwo Owoeye in Lagos. Oyebanji, who tendered the army’s apology at the Presidential Panel investigating alleged human rights abuses by the Armed Forces said the culprit has been arrested and detained for murder.

He said, “The Nigerian Army has detained Sgt. Owoeye for murder, we find the matter reprehensible and condemnable. “However, this is a single act which showed that the sergeant was on his own. We apologise and sympathise with the family of the deceased.”

Head of the panel, Justice Biobel Goodwill, of the Court of Appeal, also condoled with the brother of the deceased who was present at the hearing.

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