A soldier has killed a lieutenant after shooting him 36 times in Bama, Borno State, for failing to grant him a pass to visit his family, a report has said.
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The soldier, attached to the Nigerian Army’s 2 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, had requested to visit his family over an urgent matter but was turned down on Wednesday.
“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.
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“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.”
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The report quoted another source as saying the soldier was eligible to get a pass having spent 12 months in combat. It said soldiers are normally eligible for a pass after spending three months in combat but due to the shortage in manpower in the military, commanders often refuse to issue them.
He added that the pass is only given when the soldier has to attend to critical matters like loss of parents or loved ones.
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But the army spokesman said the incident occurred when the soldier approached the officer who was standing in front of the Unit’s Headquarters making a phone call.
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He said the soldier is in custody undergoing investigation while the general situation in the unit remains calm.
According to him, the remains of the deceased officer have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital and his family contacted.