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Soldier goes berserk, emptied his magazine of 30 rounds on officer in Bama, Borno

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

A soldier serving with the 202 Battalion, 21 Special Armoured Brigade, Bama, Borno State, on Wednesday shot and killed an officer, Lt. Babakaka Ngorgi.

According to report, the private soldier who killed the officer in front of the unit headquarters, was angry because Ngorgi refused to give him a travel pass to enable him resolve his inability to access his salary account. His account has been allegedly frozen for about eight months.

The soldier was immediately taken into custody, while the remains of Ngorgi was evacuated to the 7 Division Medical Services.

According to report, the killer soldier’s account was frozen because he went on AWOL for six months.

He then returned to his unit in Bama and was disturbing late Lt. Ngorgi for travel pass so he could go and sort out the problem with his account. Ngorgi however refused to grant him his request.

Apparently angry with the officer, he went to his office and shot him repeatedly while he was making a phone call.  

The Nigerian Army confirmed the incident in a statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Musa Sagir.

“A trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in the 202 Battalion of the 21 Special Armoured Brigade, Bama, Borno State, went berserk around 10.30am on July 29, 2020, and fired at an officer (a Subaltern), which led to his death,” he said.

“The incident happened when the soldier approached the officer, who was standing in front of the unit’s headquarters and making a phone call. The soldier has been arrested and is undergoing investigation. The general situation in the unit is calm,” he added.

An undisclosed source who spoke to Punch alleged that the soldier emptied his magazine of 30 rounds on Lt. Ngorgi.

The late officer reportedly got married in December 2019.

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