Man Who Was Shot By Soldier Stranded In Hospital As Army Denies Shooting

The judiciary worker, Mr. Godwin Udoaka, who was shot by a soldier attached to Wizchino Construction Company Limited, could not find any consultant to interpret the result of an X-ray conducted on him on Thursday at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

It was gathered that the X-ray had been conducted earlier, but the consultant, who is to interpret the result of the X-ray has yet to be seen by the time our correspondent left the hospital at 6pm.

Udoaka’s wife, Imaobong Udoaka, said her husband had been going through agonising pains since Wednesday.

The Acting Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Godwin Abraham, who visited Udoaka in the hospital on Thursday, assured the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and Udoaka’s family that justice would prevail.

He appealed for calm from all Nigerians, as well as Udoaka’s relations, adding that nobody should take the law into their own hands.

He said, “We are legal people, we must act within the law; we will ensure that this matter is followed to the letter. Nobody is above the law; no one can do this and escape the long arms of the law.

“I have been informed that the matter has been reported to the police. Whoever is responsible for this must be made to face the music.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army, 2 Brigade, denied that Udoaka was shot by a soldier of 6 Battalion, Seargent Usman Tella, who was attached to Wizchino Engineering Limited, a Chinese firm in Akwa Ibom State.

A statement from Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Captain Umar Shuiab, said the army could have dismissed the story, but for “obvious intended mischief and misinformation.”

The statement read in part, “We wish to inform the public that the incident happened around Asutan Street by Udo Street in Uyo on Wednesday at about 12.42pm when Udoka was asked to give way for an Hilux van which came in opposite direction and had right of way.

“It was thereafter that argument ensued between the two drivers. The soldier, who was an escort to the Hilux, got provoked came out and hit the windscreen of the bus which resulted in broken glass.

“We call on well-meaning Nigerians not to believe the exaggerated version of the story as reported. We call on the media to always check their contents before rushing to publish.”

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