There was palpable tension in Chibok community, Borno State, yesterday after a staff sergeant in the Nigerian Army, Silas Ninyo, shot dead a captain, four civilians and himself as well during an altercation.
It was reported that Ninyo killed the captain, identified only as Mani, and the four others when he (Ninyo) was allegedly ordered by Mani to stop beating some civilians at a checkpoint.
According to Sahara Reporters, which got the army’s situation report on the incident, the captain was providing security for worshippers during a church service when he received a distress call that Ninyo (93NA/36/2608) was beating up some civilians for some unknown reasons.
It was reported that Mani (NA/14430) scolded the sergeant, freed the civilians and attempted to disarm Ninyo.
Ninyo was said to have shot the captain dead before killing the four civilians, and then shot himself in the head.
The corpses of the soldiers have been reportedly taken to a military hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.
A reliable source in Chibok yesterday confirmed the incident, saying, “I can confirm that the shooting took place. I know Silas (Ninyo) and Mani very well. They were very close in that formation.”
“I don’t know what would have caused the altercation. I am still trying to speak to their boss, a Major, to ascertain what really went wrong. The army is investigating the incident.”
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, could not be reached for comment on the incident as of press time.
He also had yet to reply to a text message sent to his phone as of press time.
Meanwhile, Greennews yesterday reported that two army lieutenants, identified simply as I.M. Akanni and S.E. Ayo, were killed in a road accident on Gwagwalada-Zuba Road in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The the accident occurred on Saturday at about 10.30pm and the corpses of the officers had been deposited in the morgue of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada.
It was gathered that Akanni (N/15752) and Ayo (N/16164), were attached to the 176 Guards Battalion, Keffi, Nasarawa State, and a memo of the incident was done to the Nigerian Army Guards Brigade headquarters, Abuja. Nigeria. #beepraizblog