A soldier at the battlefront of counter-insurgency operations in the north-east has reportedly killed himself.
Military sources with knowledge of the incident revealed that the officer is a lance corporal attached to the army’s 27 task force brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba local government area of Yobe state.
He committed the suicide Thursday, September 17, 2020 while at his duty post.
There are no details yet on what prompted his action, nonetheless, sources said he suddenly took his gun, aimed at his head and pulled the trigger.
“He shot himself in the head, and he died immediately, before other soldiers could even rush to help,” TheCable quoted a military source as saying.
The military officer is also reported to have left a note for his wife.
It was further learnt that his body has been evacuated as an inquiry is under way to unravel what led to the tragic incident.
Sagir Musa, army spokesperson, was not immediately available to comment over the matter.
In July, a soldier in the army’s 202 battalion in Bama, Borno state, killed a lieutenant who did not give him pass to visit his family.
In 2019, a soldier hanged himself in Abuja.
Also in 2017, another soldier committed suicide after killing his superior.
Soldiers, especially those deployed in operation Lafiya Dole in the northeast, have always complained about poor welfare.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has allegedly ordered the torture of a Nigerian soldier over criticism.
Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini, the said soldier is reportedly undergoing severe torture at a military base in Sokoto on the orders of Chief Buratai, SaharaReporters reports.
Idakpini was arrested in June shortly after making a viral video castigating Buratai for the failings of the Nigerian Army to combat and destroy Boko Haram terror group.
Colonel Yabaji, head of the barracks in Sokoto where Idakpini is detained, unleashed about eight soldiers to torture him after receiving orders from Buratai, the online news platform further noted.
Citing top army sources, SaharaReporters says Idakpini had been barred from medical treatment despite his health taking a severe dip.
Human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, had obtained a court order from the Abuja Federal High Court since July 22 2020 mandating the army to grant Idakpini immediate access to his lawyer and family but the army had refused to obey the order.