Panic in Bayelsa as soldier runs amok, kills colleague

Nigerian soldiers on patrol in Maiduguri
There is palpable tension in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, following the killing of a solder by his colleague, whose identity is yet to be known.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt the incident occurred about 11:00 pm on Monday night at Olopa Junction, close to Bayelsa State Government House.

While this newspaper could not obtain details of the incident at the time of filling this report, residents suspect the assailant might have been drunk when he opened fire on his colleague.

“A soldier opened fire on his colleague around 11.pm on Monday at Olopa Junction. The soldier who was shot died instantly,” a witness told PREMIUM TIMES.
Another witness said the trigger-happy soldier was drunk at the time he confronted his colleague, adding that he (killer) has been arrested and detained by the police.
The source maintained that the two unidentified soldiers were attached to a police station in Olopa Junction.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bayelsa State Command, Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the killing.

Mr. Akhigbe said, “I am aware that there was an incident of that nature yesterday (Monday) night. It is purely a military affair and I will advise that you direct your enquiries to the military authorities if you want to get more details.”

Rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have of late repeatedly accused Nigerian security agencies of extra-judicial killings and human rights violations.
Worried by the spate of such killings, Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, said it will investigate allegations against troops in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Bem Angwe, told a team from Amnesty International, led by Nicola Duckworth, that the commission would carry out a thorough investigation into reported cases of extrajudicial killings in the country.


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