A soldier has allegedly killed his senior colleague, a leiutenant, in Borno State, for denying him a pass to visit his family. The killer soldier is said to be of the Nigerian army’s 202 battalion stationed in Bama.
According to TheCable, the killer soldier shot the lieutenant who was the battalion’s adjutant responsible for administrative matters.
“The soldier joined the army in the 2016 intake and had since been deployed to fight Boko Haram in the north-east. This time, he had been in duty post for almost 12 months and he wanted that pass by all means,” a military source in Bama told TheCable.
“Normally, you apply for a pass by filling the form and then you submit to the adjutant who is the battalion administrative officer. It is the adjutant that will now make recommendations and forward to the commanding officer for approval.
“The soldier was denied the pass by the adjutant, and that was when he got angry and decided to kill him. He opened 36 rounds on the officer, killing him instantly.”
The report added that the killer soldier was due for a pass having spent more than the required three months.
“You can apply for a pass after three months, but the problem we have in this operation is that the superiors will be telling you that we don’t have enough manpower. So, a lot of soldiers are always denied pass,” he said.
There has not been any reaction from the army on the fatal incident.