Soldier kills colleague in Bayelsa

Soldier kills colleague in Bayelsa

A soldier attached to the 423 Battalion, Elele Barracks, in Rivers State has shot a colleague, Staff Sergeant Ishiaku Shuaibu to death in Bayelsa State.

According to Sahara Reporters,

There was confusion  on Monday night as a soldier, Lance Corporal Muazu Haruna of the 423 Battalion of the Elele Barrack in Rivers State, allegedly killed a colleague, Staff Sergeant Ishiaku Shuaibu, at the Bayelsa Government House.

Nigerian soldiers The incident reportedly occurred at about 10pm during a special dinner, at which the governor was present, to mark the 2014 Legal Year for the Judiciary.

Haruna, whose duty post was Government House, is alleged to have snatched the service rifle of his colleague and shot him dead at his duty post.

It was gathered that he had arrived from the Elele Military Barracks in Rivers State after collecting his duty allowances.

Sources at Government House said that two other soldiers on duty had left the post briefly, and that Haruna seems to have capitalized on the opportunity to shoot his colleague.

One of them said, “He immediately ran away with the rifle and boarded a commercial tricycle, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, and headed towards Hospital Road.

“The sounds of the gun shots attracted the Policemen on duty at the Banquet hall. The policemen however intercepted and stopped the Tricycle.

“The policemen immediately found the dead body of the soldier at his duty post.”

Both Haruna and the tricycle driver were arrested. A security source disclosed that Haruna, who was first taken to the Area Command Division of the Police, has been handed over to the Joint Military Task Force, as the investigation continues.