The Nigerian army says it has begun investigation on James Matol, the soldier who allegedly murdered Jennifer Ugadu, a student of Niger Delta University (NDU) in Bayelsa state.


According to NAN, Onyema Nwachukwu, the army’s director of public relations, broke the news in a statement on Thursday.

Nwachukwu said there is no place for such barbaric acts in the army. He added that the army had commiserated with the family of the deceased.

He said the army is an institution that is accountable to the people and would ensure justice is served.


“The NA has taken the allegation seriously and joint investigation has commenced, while effort to profile and ascertain the true identity of the suspect is ongoing,” it read.

“The NA being a professional and disciplined organisation will continue to uphold and respect the Fundamental Human Rights of citizens as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Nwachukwu said members of the public should be rest assured that details of the investigation would be made public.


“The NA also wishes to reaffirm that as a force with zero tolerance for any form of criminality, such allegations will not only be investigated, but the culprit will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

The development comes hours after the Bayelsa police command also disclosed that it has commenced investigation into the matter.

The command had earlier said its officers recovered the decomposing corpse of the 23-year-old — who is a second-year student in the faculty of education — at her apartment.


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