A Nigerian soldier, Jibrin Biu who was arrested for allegedly collaborating with Boko Haram has killed himself while being escorted to the barracks.
The soldier who belonged to one of the battalions of the Nigerian Army in the North-East was arrested by military intelligence operatives for his involvements in recent attacks on brothels and beer parlours.
On Monday, it was reported that an attack on Gashu’a town, the headquarters of Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State, occurred on Sunday.
An explosion rocked the town, which is about 188 km north of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and home town of Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
The incident was said to have occurred at a beer parlour in the Abasha area of the town. The attack came barely five days after terrorists killed about ten persons in a beer parlour in Geidam.
“He was involved in recent attacks in Geidam and Gashua communities in Yobe State.
“He was apprehended while attempting to escape after he learnt that his movements and activities with terrorists had been discovered by the intelligence service.
“After being handcuffed, he skillfully snatched a gun from one of the escorts and killed himself.
“Meanwhile, (an) investigation is ongoing to nab other suspects within the service,” sources said.
As of press time, the Nigerian Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu is yet to issue an official statement about the incident.