A serving soldier identified as Daniel Okeke, who was in his complete Military camouflage with a locally made pistol and three rounds of 9mm ammunition, has been arrested during a foiled attempt to snatch a motorcycle from its rider in Agboju, Lagos.
The serving soldier who boarded a commercial motorcycle from Mile Two to Ojo Barracks where he claimed he resides, was accused of attempting to snatch the motorcycle from the rider. The bike snatching move, got the attention of other commercial motorcyclists who descended on the suspect who they accused of being one of the cultists that have been disturbing them along that route.
The suspect, a private in the Nigerian Army who was almost beaten to death by the angry commercial bike riders, escaped and sought refuge in the nearest police station. However when interviewed by Guardian’s correspondent, he said;
“I joined Black Axe while I was studying Public Administration in IMT, Enugu but could not complete my studies for financial reasons.
I participated actively in the group’s activities while in school. That was when I bought the pistol and the ammunition found on me on the day I was arrested. I bought the gun at Onitsha, Anambra State for N5000”
Preliminary investigations revealed that Okeke, who also confessed to be a member of the Black Axe Confraternity, had been demoted in 2017 from a Corporal to a Private Army following his recklessness while on duty.