A soldier attached to the 32 Artilery Brigade of the Nigerian Army has allegedly killed a 13-year-old schoolboy, Usman Adamu in Ajowa Akoko, Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that one Kayejo Abdullahi, was also shot by the soldier in the Wednesday incident. Both victims are said to be Fulanis.
A source said some members of the Fulani community in the area had a disagreement with one another, which led to the invitation of soldiers to maintain law and order.
He said, “The Fulani people were using their sticks and cutlasses for acrobatic display which later became rowdy. This attracted soldiers to the scene to maintain law and order. It was at the scene that one of the soldiers fired a gun that killed Adamu.
“One other Fulani, Kadejo Abudulahi, had a gunshot injury; but he is receiving medical attention at the Ondo State Specialists Hospital, Ikare Akoko.”
It was gathered that the incident caused panic in the town as members of the community expressed fear of a possible reprisal from Fulani men.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Ojo Adelegan, confirmed the incident, but explained that the soldier shot Adamu in self defence when members of the Fulani community attacked the soldiers that were sent to the community to maintain peace.
He said, “They used weapons against our men; so, in defence, our men acted. However, we are still investigating the matter.”
The state police command said it had arrested one Adamu Kai in connection with the incident.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Femi Joseph, alleged that Kai was the one that invited one of the soldiers to the scene to settle a fight among members of the Fulani community in the town.
“We have yet to ascertain whether it was a soldier that killed the boy. But there was a fight between two Fulani men; so one Abdullahi Kai invited the soldiers. It was in the course of settling the matter that the incident occurred. Kai is with us and investigation has commenced,” he added.