Police in Abia have confirmed the alleged killing of a commercial tricyclist at Umuokereke Ngwa community near Aba.
Abia police spokesman, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said on Thursday that relatives of the deceased, known as Chimaobi Nwogu, reported the incident at the Eastern Ngwa Police Division.
Igbere TV had reported that the tricyclist was said to have been shot dead for refusing to part with N100 bribe at a military checkpoint at Ohanze in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia.
Mr Ogbonna said the army had denied responsibility, adding that investigation into the incident had begun.“
“The army said it is not their soldier that killed Chimaobi, that it may be a cultist who was wearing an army T-shirt,” he said.
Youths of the community reportedly carried the corpse in protest to the Ohanze military checkpoint and Opobo Junction at Ogbor Hill, a suburb of Aba, causing traffic gridlock.
They were later dispersed with teargas allegedly shot by a detachment of anti-riot policemen.