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Depressed soldier shoots senior officer to death

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

A trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State, has shot and killed an officer.

Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, said in a press release on Thursday that the soldier went beserk at about 1030 hours on the 29th of July 2020 and fired the officer (a Subaltern) which led to his death.

According to him, “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.

He said the remains of the deceased officer has been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

“Investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

“The family of the deceased has already been contacted.The Nigerian Army sympathezes 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.”

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