– Tragedy struck in the Seme Border area after a soldier recently redeployed from the northeast killed himself
– The soldier carried out the action after killing a Customs Officer in the area according to eye-witnesses
– The Nigeria Customs Service has confirmed the incident while there is no official statement yet from the military
Badagry, Lagos – A soldier, LCP Mahmud Sulaiman, turned the gun on himself after he shot dead a customs officer at Seme border on Wednesday, June 2.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred when the team leader was trying to retrieve the gun from Sulaiman following his strange behaviour.
An eye-witness quoted in the report said:
“In the process of retrieving the cocked weapon from him, which he resisted, he accidentally fired a shot and the stray bullet hit one Inspector of Custom, C.N Walter. Subsequently, Sulaiman also shot himself and died on the spot.”
The spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service in Seme border, Mr Abdulahi Hussiain, confirmed the incident.
A witness, who witnessed the incident but craved anonymity, however, told Daily Sun that an argument caused the tragic incident.
According to the eye-witness, an argument ensued between the two over a bag of smuggled parboiled rice before the military man shot and killed the Customs officer at close range.
Meanwhile, a group, Nigeria First, has asked Major General Farouk Yahaya, the new chief of army staff to prioritise the welfare of Nigerian soldiers.
The group in a statement signed by its vice-president, Leonard Aluor, and seen by Legit.ng, advised Yahaya to remain apolitical while ensuring that the Nigerian Army works on a proactive intelligence network system against criminal minds.
In a related development, the Nigeria Police Force has inaugurated the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) centre in Abuja as an initiative to fast-track the fight against transnational crimes.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, the centre was inaugurated by the minister of police affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, in the company of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
There were also representatives of INTERPOL, European Union and ECOWAS at the event held on Wednesday, May 26.