A bizarre incident that led to the murder and suicide of two Nigerian Army personnel occurred in Chibok town, Borno State yesterday.
A Senior Non-Commission Officer (SNCO), Silas Ninyo turned his firearm on a superior officer; Captain T. Mani before shooting himself at a public space in Chibok where their unit has been deployed on duty. The headquarters of the 26 Brigade, Nigerian Army has instituted a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman has released a statement on behalf of the Nigerian Army headquarters about the details of the shooting. The statement reads thus;
“At about 12:50 pm today, the unit received a report that a staff was seen to be drunk and misbehaving to civilians. An officer was dispatched to the scene with a view to bring him back to the base, the officer did his best but the SNCO refused several entreaties to calm him and be disarmed by the superior officer”
“Unfortunately, the Staff Sergeant shot the officer dead and then killed himself. Their remains have since been evacuated to a military facility. The Board of Inquiry is expected to investigate the incident and promptly turn in its report and findings in one week”
“The Nigerian Army is a disciplined and professional force with zero tolerance for any acts of indiscipline and misdemeanour. The death of the officer and the Staff Sergeant is painful and a great loss to the unit and the Nigerian Army,” the statement read.
The Nigerian Military have been fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-Eastern Region of Nigeria for some years and have reduced the potency of the sect. they have made several important arrests and led several successful raids. It is highly unfortunate that these two men died under such circumstances.