Nigerian soldier kills captain; takes own life

Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

A Nigerian Army captain who led an emergency response team was killed in Adamawa State on Sunday, gunned down by a fellow soldier who subsequently took his own life, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The Army said the tragic incident happened in Chibok, Borno State.

Our sources said a report of the incident has been filed by the Nigerian Army 28 Brigade Headquaters in Mubi, Adamawa State, to the 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Those familiar with the incident said Army captain, T. Mani, was on Sunday morning patrol with other officers when they responded to a distress call that Silas Ninyo, a staff sergeant, was beating civilians at a nearby location.

Upon arrival, Mr. Mani and his team members prevailed on Mr. Ninyo and rescued the civilians from him; but the situation quickly turned fatal when the service men tried to disarm their raging colleague.

Mr. Ninyo opened fire, killing Mr. Mani, authorities said.

The incident occurred at about 12:50 p.m. and the remains of the two soldiers were later deposited at Brigade Medical Centre in Yola, the state capital.

All officers around the brigade have been warned to be on the alert as whole-scale investigation of the incident continued.

The tragedy appears to be the deadliest episode of soldier-on-soldier violence amongst Nigerian troops in recent months, although security analysts believe mutinous attacks are not uncommon.

“Unfortunately, conflict between armed service members is not an unusual occurrence,” said security analyst Mukhtar Dan’Iyan. “Hopefully, escalation to this extent won’t happen again anytime soon as it diminishes professionalism and erodes esprit de corps.”

The incident report said the motives for Mr. Ninyo’s attack on the civilians and the deadly assault on his senior colleague were not immediately clear.

Nigerian Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, did not initially respond to requests for comments.

He however later issued a statement saying the army has raised a board of inquiry to probe the incident.

The statement reads, “The Headquarters of 28 Task Force Brigade, Nigerian Army, has instituted a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident that resulted in the death of an Officer and a Senior Non-Commission Officer (SNCO), deployed on duty at Chibok, Borno State earlier today Sunday, 12th November 2017.

“At about 12.50pm today, the unit received a report that a Staff  was seen to be drunk and misbehaving to civilians. An officer was despatched to the scene with a view to bring him back to base. The officer did his best but the SNCO refused several entreaties to calm him and be disarmed by the superior officer. Unfortunately, the Staff Sergeant shot the officer dead and then killed himself.

“Their remains have since been evacuated to a military facility. The BOI is expected investigate the incident and promptly turn in its report and findings in one week.

“The Nigerian Army is a disciplined and professional force with zero tolerance for any acts of indiscipline and misdemeanor.

“The death of the officer and the Staff Sergeant is painful and a great loss to the unit and the Nigerian Army.”

Adamawa State has witnessed renewed Boko Haram attacks in recent weeks, with Boko Haram killing scores in successive attacks on Madagali Local Government Area amidst fears that the insurgents might have returned to areas that were amongst the earliest to be liberated during the 2014 and 2015 military offensive.


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    The fallen captain will ever remain a hero !! He gave his life defending the rights of the defenceless.

    As for the criminal Sergent , he is a reflection of what the Army has been forced into , the army has become a machine deployed to abuse, kill and humiliate unarmed civilians, this Sgt. was doing what he thought as “normal” hence got outraged when a voice of reason intervened .

    • Ekoile

      Comon man, do you have to politicize every reported tragedy?


        Yes .

        • Screw-em

          Burukutu too much!!!

          • Bright Bulus

            I don’t think this issue had to do with drunkenness cos I believed this is not the first time that the SSgt has been drinking.yes they said he was beating a civilian which is very unfortunate but i think something went wrong when they were trying to disarm him that could eventually provoked the SSgt angers. Until after the BOI before we could conclude.

          • Otile

            It could also be that the Capt accidentally pulled the trigger when he was trying to disarm the Sgt. You know the army can never give true account when death is involved.

      • Julius

        That’s what hatred does to his minds !

    • oracles

      Na wa for you o. Did you read the part where the staff sergeant was reported to be drunk?

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      Bro your first paragraph alone would have sufficed, the report says the SNCO was drunk.

      • Ceejay ilo

        So being drunk gets people to pull the trigger? Tawanda is right, the army’s conducts has degenerated, lets be real here.

        • Julius

          Yes, it does and maybe you should to test it by getting somebody drunk and give him a loaded gun. Try it abeg !

          • Ceejay ilo

            Let’s assume your right here…. I would want to see you clamour for the ban of sale of alcohol around every police station and barracks, period random breathalyser tests and checks and stringent rules brought heavily on anyone who’s constitutionally qualified to carry arms.

          • Julius

            Don’t assume, just try my suggestion !

    • Julius

      Tawanda, I applaud your 1st sentence and deplore the rest. If you were educated and follow the international news you will know that soldiers killing their commanders or themselves is common and tragic. It’s not limited to the NA ! There are some mental issues with soldiers fighting in wars. Its being like that for ages.

  • Rev

    I wonder why Strange suicides and depression have increased under Buhari…!

  • Otile

    Two down. It is better for these Buhari unruly vandals to kill themselves than harm innocent civilians.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      So you take delight at the death of a Captain who was actually trying to stop the abuse of civilians? Is that not sick of you?

      • Otile

        Would the same captain protect civilians in Enugu, PH, Asaba, Umuahia church? A captain led the platoon who invaded that Enugu church on a Sunday morning to the dismay of frightful children and women worshippers. If Buratai sends Captain T. Mani to SE SS to gun down civilians will he not take orders? The Nigerian army are not doing our people any favors.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          Are you sure if he would? You cannot judge every person in that light. There are people in Nigeria’s military that take their oaths to Nigeria very seriously and that would mean to see the nation as their place to protect and not a section. I hope you realize that.

          • I sigh

            Proceed to the nearest mosque as usual.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Perhaps it is you that needs to visit a Mosque my friend. I am not the jihadist here.

          • I sigh

            All your comments in the history of DISCUS have been anti non Moslems and whatever you say now in contrary is lip service.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            And your comments have been anti-Igbo under the guise of being pro-Igbo.

          • I sigh

            We are anti injustice, you are pro.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            You mean anti-justice. I am pro-justice.

          • I sigh

            I mean what I said.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            That you are anti-justice? Yes, we know.

          • I sigh

            Are you unable to read or only able to read and take to the bank the opposite of a statement like all buhari followers.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But you are while touting yourself as pro-justice. That is the point here.

          • I sigh


          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I am shocked you agree.

          • I sigh

            100% pro justice and 100% anti injustice.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            100% pro justice – Chukwuka Okoroafor
            100% anti-justice – I sigh

            That is the break down.

          • I sigh

            Arabic mula, you are devoid of Justic like Jubril you worship.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Did Jubril become the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob (as well as Ishamel)? I thought he was a fictional character that was supposed to be the new Buhari.

          • I sigh

            You are an imposter like sudanese Jubril.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            That’s the spirit!

          • I sigh

            No, na Jubil. They say he has been declared missing in Khartoum, Sudan.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Also, you should turn the frown upside down and work on actually being pro-justice. That will make you feel better, you can trust me on that one.

          • I sigh

            Jubril an imposter, you the same.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I sigh that you have become Jubril as of late. It is a pity. Please turn to the side of pro justice so I don’t have to sigh anymore.

          • I sigh

            Police has declared Jubril missing in Khartoum, Sudan.

    • Galantman

      You are sick and sub human!!!!!
      A low level cave man who cannot appreciate a Muslim captain guarding a church during service and went to defend civilians and lost his life in the process. Disgusting

      • Abdullah Musa

        That is our tragedy Galantman: lunatics going around as sane people.
        Within him is the tendency to behave as that soldier did.

    • emmanuel

      Sometime ago, in Bible history some people who warred against Israel, killed themselves in battle until over twenty five thousand men were gone.
      Do not be surprised.

      • Otile

        My brother, history never fails to repeat itself.

    • Julius

      There you go . I hope you come across them and be dealt with as you wish for others.


    It’s Jonathan that caused it, him and disgruntled PDPigs caused the commotion that led to loss of two innocent soldiers life- Liar mohamed

  • Zardo Conteh

    lazy Sergent it would have been better if he turn the gun on Buratai. killing innocent captain????

    • m

      Burutai is far from the frustrated sergent. its possible he did not eat that day and also pressure of school fees from his family etc. Remember one of the soldiers wrote an open letter to PMB lamenting of their conditions. Some of these soldiers have to borrow money from civilians to buy food. Nigerians should expect more of such disturbing unfortunate incidence. Not all men have patient!!!

      • Bright Bulus

        I agreed with you

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    The captain led an emergency response team. Killed in Adamawa State. The tragic incident happened in Chibok, Borno State. A staff sergeant Silas Ninyo beating civilians in a nearby location.
    The story doesn’t make sense. It contains so many contradictions.

    • Charles

      my dear, the content is empty and useless.