A soldier Azunna Maduabuchi has shot dead his superior officer in Bama local government area of Borno state.
He was said to have fired eight shots at his commander, Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi on wednesday, killing him on the spot.
The Military High Command had days earlier warned personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria against mutiny, in response to a statement by the National Chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Chidi Chukwuanyi, calling for the Ghanaian experience under Rawlings in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army released the following statement afterwards
“A trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State, went beserk at about 1030 hours on the 29th of July 2020 and fired at an officer (a Subaltern) which led to his death.
“The incident happened when the soldier approached the officer who was standing infront of the Unit’s Headquarters making a phone call. The soldier has been arrested, is in custody undergoing investigation. General situation in the unit is calm,”
“The family of the deceased has already been contacted. The Nigerian Army sympathizes and condoles with the family at this trying moment, and pray to the Almighty God to repose the soul of the departed and grant his family and other loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May his gentle soul rest in peace,”
The remains of the deceased has been moved to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, and would be buried at Maimalari military cemetery in Maiduguri on Thursday.
“Investigation has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the incident.
The suspect is currently in detention in military police cells.