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Soldier Who Had A Case To Answer Over The Killing Of The Five Soldiers In Aba Shoots Self Dead

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June 18 2024 | Radio Biafra

Barely two weeks after gunmen killed five soldiers at a military checkpoint at Obikabia junction near Aba, Abia State with its corresponding reprisal actions, a soldier has shot and killed himself in the city.

It was gathered that the deceased soldier, a Sergeant Major (SM), who hailed from a community in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State and served at the Ngwa High School FOB of the Nigerian Army, reportedly went missing about two weeks before the incident.

According to a source close to the military, “the SM suddenly disappeared without anybody knowing his whereabouts and for the past two weeks, he has remained incommunicado as several attempts to reach him by his colleagues or military authorities in the camp and state failed.”

The source disclosed that the SM, billed for retirement from service in October this year, however, suddenly resurfaced in the military base last Saturday.

It was gathered that before anybody could find out from him why he was not seen for two weeks, he reportedly used his gun to shoot himself dead in front of the military base.

“The reason for his decision to take his life has not been known since there was no suicide note he left behind. It is only a discreet investigation that would unravel what could have prompted him to take his life.

“His colleagues said before he killed himself, the soldier had no reported case of domestic violence or any known work-related disciplinary action against him by army authorities that could warrant him to take his own life “the source further stated.

The source, however, added that the late soldier who was looking dirty and haggard when he resurfaced was rumoured to have some questions to answer over the killing of the five soldiers in Aba.

“The late soldier would have been moved to the 82 Division Headquarters, Enugu this week for interrogation over the killing of soldiers in Aba last two weeks. And knowing he may not survive it, he decided to take his life.”

Since the Army Public Relations Officer (APRO), Lt. Innocent Omale could not confirm the incident as he neither picked his calls nor responded to text message sent to his WhatsApp line several hours before filing the report, it is only military authorities that can confirm if the deceased had a case to answer over the killing of the five soldiers, before he took his own life.

Source: Eastern Pilot

Published by:
Chibuike Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media

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