A soldier of the Nigerian Army, Private Azunna Maduabuchi has killed his commanding officer, Lieutenant Babakaka Shehu Ngorgi.
The incident happened on Wednesday, July 29 in Bama, Borno State.
Maduabuchi was said to have opened fire on the Lieutenant, fired eight rounds at the officer, at close range, killing him on the spot shortly after the troops returned to their base after an operation against Boko Haram Terrorists according to HumAngle reports.
The soldier who fired the shots has been arrested, is in custody undergoing investigation, Naija News reports.
Ngorgi was the Adjutant of 202 Tank Battalion Bama Northeastern Nigeria.
Lieutenant Ngorgi graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy in 2016 as a member of regular course 63 and later commissioned into the Nigerian Army. He was recently married.
It is understood that the remains of the late officer will be buried this morning (Thursday) in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno.
The development brings to the forefront again, the recent calls for the government to carry out a mental evaluation of soldiers deployed on the war front in the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operation against Boko Haram.
The incident has been confirmed by the Nigerian Army in a statement on Thursday where it added that an investigation has been opened into the incident.
“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 in front 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 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 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 Army statement signed by Col Sagir Musa noted.
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