Army Captain Fighting Boko Haram Commits Suicide

An unnamed Nigerian Army captain on deployment in the North-east has reportedly committed suicide. The officer was said to have turned his rifle towards own stomach and opened fired.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that military sources said the captain was on referral to the 7 Division Medical Centre in Maiduguri on June 18 for medical examination and treatment, when he took his own life.

However, the name of the officer was not revealed, over uncertainty as to whether his family members have been notified by the Nigerian Army.

The Captain was drafted to the North-east from the Nigerian Army 22 Armoured Brigade in Ilorin. It was gathered that the brigade has notified appropriate authorities of the development, including the Defence Headquarters.

He allegedly threatened to shoot a storekeeper at the medical facility before shooting himself. He died shortly afterwards.

Reports say he was attached to troops operating in Mafa Local Government Area, Borno State, the heart of Boko Haram onslaught.

He collected his gun from the armoury on the said date, saying he was returning to Mafa to join his team the next day.

It could be recalled that in a similar fashion, a soldier opened fire on a captain, before killing himself seven months ago.

The incident sparked fears that soldiers fighting the insurgents might be battling post-traumatic stress disorder.

The military said the matter would be investigated, but the outcome remained unknown.

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