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Protest As Soldier Stabs Trader To Death during Argument



Following an argument that ensued between them, a yet-to-be-identified soldier on Saturday reportedly stabbed a trader to death at the popular Arakale Market in Akure, Ondo State.

According to report, the incident has caused a protest by the colleagues of the deceased at the market, but the situation was brought under control by the men of the state police command.

______While confirming the ugly Incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, on Saturday said the command had begun efforts to fish out the solder in collaboration with the Nigerian Army.

According to her, “Yes, the police can confirm the stabbing of a young man by a soldier. The command is in touch with the military authority so that the culprit(s) can be identified and arrested.”

A source in the market who spoke with Punch said the soldier mobilised his colleagues to forcefully get a refund of the money he paid to the deceased for unsatisfactory service, leading to an argument between them.

______The source added that the incident led to a protest as the other traders in the market barricaded the Arakale Road, preventing vehicular movements before the intervention of police officers.

_____The source said, “I think the soldier and the trader (deceased) had an argument over service rendered by the trader. I think the solder was not satisfied with the service and he asked for a refund.

“That was when the trouble started. Later, the solder mobilised his colleagues and the arguments continued. It was there the trader was stabbed by one of the soldiers, after which they left the scene.”

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