Security operatives are yet to apprehend a soldier, James Matol, who allegedly killed his girlfriend, Jennifer Ugadu, raising fears that the fleeing suspect may have committed suicide which he had vowed to do.
Matol, according to the Police shot and killed Jennifer, a 200 level student of the Faculty of Education, Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma in Bayelsa State.
The decomposing body of Jennifer was later found in her off campus apartment,
after one of her friends raised the alarm of her death, following a confessional message on whatsApp by the soldier-lover boy, who also threatened to take his own life.
A security source told Nigerdeltaconnect over the weekend that there is still no trace of the suspect as his mobile phone has remained unreachable, thus making him completely incommunicado.
The security source said efforts have been intensified to locate his whereabout, as the Nigerian Army and the police are carrying out a joint search for him.
When asked what will be the situation should he be found dead, the source said: “Yes he promised to kill himself but we don’t want to believe he has. Doing so will jeopardize our ongoing investigation. So, we are keeping an open mind”.
The source also did not rule out any form of mental challenge on the suspect, saying “it is possible that he may be going through some mental challenges because he knows the implications of taking someone’s life and for him to openly come out and own up then something is wrong”.
Meanwhile the Nigerian Army has condoled with the family of the deceased, stating that as an institution, it does not condone such barbaric act and would ensure that justice is served.
A statement signed by Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said: “While the NA commiserates with the family of the deceased, it is crucial to unambiguously state that there is no place for such barbaric act in the NA. As an institution that is accountable to the people, the NA 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.
“The NA being a professional and disciplined organization will continue to uphold and respect the fundamental human rights of citizens as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Members of the public are rest assured that details of the investigation will 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”.