Five youth were on Monday shot dead by soldiers during a shootout in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, after the young men demanded to check a truck in which the soldiers were conveying arms to their barracks.
Crisis ensued when the members of the youth vigilance group accosted a convoy of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army with headquarters in Maiduguri, escorting ammunition through the Maiduguri International Airport in a private commercial trailer.
It was learnt that the youths blocked most of the roads in the town as a security precaution against any attack that might be hatched during the visit of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), for the APC campaign rally in the town.
The youths were said to have demanded to check the trailer and when the soldiers refused, they allegedly climbed the vehicle.
They were said to have blocked the road with a bonfire, making it difficult for the soldiers to move the trailer.
Eyewitnesses said the enraged soldiers started shooting at the youths.
It was gathered that five youths died in the shootout, where many were also injured.
A soldier, who craved anonymity, stated that the trailer was contracted by the military to convey the ammunition when the initial Army vehicle ferrying the ammunition, developed a problem along the way.