Trigger-happy soldiers cause pandemonium in Yola

There was pandemonium in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, when some soldiers on patrol shot into the air few metres from the Federal College of Education, FCE, in Yola.

The students of the institution and other passers-by scampered for safety.

Witnesses say the soldiers were part of the troops drafted to fight insurgents in the Northern parts of Adamawa state that have been rocked by insurgency for nearly two months.

“We had to run for our lives, fearing that Boko Haram are again on the loose,” said an injured pedestrian, Garba Musa.

Mr. Musa, said that several people, particularly female students who were about to enter the college, got injured while scampering for their lives.

Another victim, Sani Daji, said that he was about to board a bus when he heard sporadic gunshots

“People started panicking and in the process several people got injured,” he said.

The witness said that the shootings caused major traffic jams with vehicles ramming into each other.

“See how our vehicles are now damaged, and no one among the soldiers could deem it fit to say sorry, they just zoomed-off. Only in Nigeria will you see security operatives firing shots unprovoked.

“They are just trigger happy,” said Lawal Garba, whose Honda Accord vehicle was damaged.

When contacted, the Public Relation Officer of FCE, Yola, Bashir Abdullahi, confirmed that soldiers went on a shooting spree and added that it happened close to the college.

“Yes, we heard that during their show of force, there were shots into air by soldiers but I cannot confirm whether there was loss of lives,” the college spokesperson said.

Efforts to get army spokesperson, Jafaru Nuhu, to comment for this story was unsuccessful.

He did not answer or return calls to his telephone.


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