Tragedy struck on Sunday, November 12 in the Chibok local government area of Borno state after a staff sergeant identified as Silas Ninyo killed one K. Mani, his superior, and four other residents of the area.
Ninyo also took his own life after wreaking the havoc.
Mani was reportedly killed in the process of disarming the sergeant who was said to be drunk.
Ninyo killed the captain, identified only as Mani, and the four others when he (Ninyo) was allegedly ordered by Mani to stop beating some civilians at a checkpoint.
According to an online medium, Sahara Reporters, which got the army’s situation report on the incident, the captain was providing security for worshippers during a church service when he received a distress call that Ninyo (93NA/36/2608) was beating up some civilians for some unknown reasons.
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Our correspondent gathered that Mani (NA/14430) scolded the sergeant, freed the civilians and attempted to disarm Ninyo.
The later was said to have shot the captain dead before killing the four civilians.
He then shot himself in the head.
The corpses of the soldiers were reportedly taken to a military hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.
A reliable source in Chibok on Sunday confirmed the incident to our correspondent, noting that the army was investigating it.
The source said, “I can confirm that the shooting took place. I know Silas (Ninyo) and Mani very well. They were very close in that formation. I don’t know what would have caused the altercation. I am still trying to speak to their boss, a Major, to ascertain what really went wrong. The army is investigating the incident.”
“Captain Mani, accompanied by soldiers, moved to the scene to free the civilian but while trying to disarm the errant soldier, Captain Mani was shot dead by Staff Sergeant Ninyo, who later killed himself,” the source said.
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The corpses of the deceased have been deposited at a military hospital in Yola, Adamawa state.
Reacting, Sani Usman, spokesman of the army, described the deaths of the officer and the staff sergeant as a great loss to the army.
Usman said a committee of inquiry had been set up to investigate the matter.
He said the headquarters of 28 task force brigade Nigerian army has instituted a board of inquiry (BOI) to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“The board of inquiry is expected investigate the incident and promptly turn in its report and findings in one week,” he said.
“An officer was dispatched to the scene with a view to bringing him back to base. The officer did his best but the Senior Non-Commission Officer (SNCO) refused several entreaties to calm him and be disarmed by the superior officer.
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“Unfortunately, the staff sergeant shot the officer dead and then killed himself. Their remains have since been evacuated to a military facility.