Soldier who killed his colleagues committed suicide — Army

The Nigerian Army has expressed regret over a soldier who shot his colleagues dead and thereafter took his own life at Forward Operations Base (FOB) Rabbah, Sokoto State.

Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement on Monday that it has launched investigation into the unfortunate incidents.

He revealed that the tragedy occurred in the evening of Sunday 5 March 2023 at the FOB, where troops were deployed for Internal Security Operations.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Nigerian Army, who also doubles as the Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji Major-General Godwin Mutkut and other senior officers, have visited the location, where he commiserated with troops for loosing their colleagues in such an unfortunate situation, according to the army spokesman.

The statement partly read, “The circumstances leading to the incident could not be immediately ascertained, as the soldier who killed his colleagues also shot himself immediately, terminating his own life.

“The authorities of the Nigerian Army are deeply concerned about this unusual and ugly development and have therefore instituted a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident. It is envisaged that the findings of the BOI will help forestall such ugly and bizarre occurrence in the future”, Brigadier-General Nwachukwu said.

Editor’s note: The featured image of soldiers inspecting breached Nigerian Custodial Centre in Oko, Benin during rge EndSARS riot on October 20, 2020, was used to illustrate the report.

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