A soldier suffering from depression has reportedly killed a senior army officer with his rifle.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, on Thursday, in a statement said: ‘‘a trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State, went berserk at about 1030 hours on July 29 and fired at an officer (a Subaltern) which led to his death.’’
The statement did not disclose the identity of the deceased.
It further said: “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 and is in custody undergoing investigation. General situation in the unit is calm.
“The remains of the deceased officer have 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 sympathises 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.”