A newly married military officer, Lieutenant Babakaka Shehu Ngorgi of the 202 Battalion, has been discovered to be actually killed by a fellow soldier in Bama, Borno State.
The private, whose identity could not be ascertained, was said to have fired some rounds at the officer, who was making a phone call in front of the unit headquarters on Wednesday.
The killer soldier was immediately taken into custody at the scene of the incident, while the remains of the officer were evacuated to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.
The shooting reportedly threw the officers and men of the 202 Battalion into confusion.
Military sources said the suspected killer’s bank account was frozen by the authorities because he went AWOL (away without official leave) for six months.
He was said to have returned to his unit in Bama and had been pestering the deceased to give him a travel pass so that he could sort out the problem, but Ngorgi reportedly refused to accede to his request.
They had a disagreement over an undisclosed issue.
“In addition to that, the adjutant refused to give the soldier a pass to go and solve his problem after eight months without salary and allowances. The soldier had gone AWOL for six months and his account was frozen.
“So, on Wednesday morning, he emptied his magazine of 30 rounds on the officer. The soldier was arrested and handcuffed immediately.”
It was earlier reported from another source that he was killed by Boko Haram insurgents but further checks have now revealed that Ngorgi was talking to his wife when one of his colleagues shot him from the back six times.
The attacker, according to a source, was heard shouting after the incident that, “I have achieved my aim”.
It is not yet clear why the soldier killed Lt Ngorgi, who is his senior in the army and on the battle field.
The victim only got married in December 2019 and was looking forward to raising a family when the tragic Incident occured.