Nigerian Army investigates report of the soldier, who allegedly murdered his girlfriend in Bayelsa
The Nigerian Army has announced that it will investigate the alleged death of a Niger Delta University undergraduate student in Bayelsa by her boyfriend, who is reported to be a military officer.
Jennifer Ugadu, a Faculty of Education 200-level student, was discovered dead in her room at an off-campus dormitory in the state on July 11, just days after she was slain. Jay Matol, the soldier, is claimed to have suspected Jennifer of cheating and raped her before shooting and stabbing her many times. He allegedly laid her lifeless body on the bed and locked her inside after the alleged killing before fleeing with her phone.
He allegedly also chopped her thumb in order to use it to unlock her phone. He then went on to her department’s WhatsApp group to proclaim that he had killed her and was planning to kill himself. The first report can be seen here.
In a statement published in response to the tragic event, the Nigerian Army’s spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, stated that the Nigerian Army will guarantee that justice is delivered.
The statement reads
“The Nigerian Army has been notified of a media publication, alleging that a jealous soldier killed his lover, one Miss Jennifer Ugadu, an undergraduate student, at the Niger Delta University, Ammasoma. In the report, it was alleged that the student was shot in her apartment by the suspect who is now at large.
While the army commiserates with the family of the deceased, it is crucial to unambiguously state that there is no place for such barbaric act in the army. The army would ensure justice is served. The army has taken the allegation seriously and a joint investigation has commenced, while the effort to profile and ascertain the true identity of the suspect is ongoing.”
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