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Soldier Who Killed Senior Officer ‘Suffering From Depression’ – Army

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Col.-Sagir-Musa

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A soldier of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State, who reportedly went berserk on Wednesday and fired at an officer (a Subaltern) which led to his death, is said to be suffering from depression.

Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.

He said that the incident happened when the soldier approached the officer who was standing in front of the Unit’s Headquarters making a phone call.

The statement entitled; “NIGERIAN SOLDIER SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION KILLS A SUBALTERN IN BORNO STATE” reads in full; “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 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.

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“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”.

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