Grief as Soldier Kills Self In Front of Army Camp, Details Emerge

Grief as Soldier Kills Self In Front of Army Camp, Details Emerge

  • An officer of the Nigerian Army has reportedly shot and killed himself in front of the 144 Battalion's Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Abia state
  • The army officer was said to be a senior non-commissioned soldier Command Sergeant Major (CSM) and an indigene of Okpuala in Ngor-Okpuala in Imo state
  • Vitalis' death was shocking to his colleagues as he was expected to retire in October this year, and there was no note to trace the cause of his death

A soldier serving under the 14 Brigade Headquarters, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's Barrack, Ohafia, Ohafia local government area of Abia state, attached to the 144 Battalion's Forward Operation Base (FOB) located at Ngwa High School, Abayi, Osisioma local government area has killed himself.

The soldier, a senior non-commissioned soldier Command Sergeant Major whose name was given as Vitalis, shot himself in front of the FOB gate.

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A Nigerian soldier has reportedly shot himself at the front of the army base in Abia state.
Soldier killed himself in front of military base Photo Credit: @HQNigerianArmy
Source: Twitter

Why Nigerian soldier killed himself unknown

According to The Nation, the reason for the decision to take his life in front of the army camp was not known at the time of filing the report, as there was no note.

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Sources within security agents in the state said that only a discreet investigation would unravel what could have prompted Vitalis, an indigene of Okpuala in Ngor-Okpuala in Imo state, to take his life.

Sources added that any attempt to suggest what could have led to his decision to kill himself could be prejudiced to the outcome of the investigation of the leadership of the Nigerian Army in the state.

Until the death of the soldier, there was no reported case of domestic violence or work-related disciplinary action against him by army authorities at the Battalion or 14 Brigade Headquarters, respectively, according to sources.

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Details of soldier who killed himself

It was gathered that the CSM suddenly disappeared without any trace of his whereabouts. For the past two weeks, he has remained incommunicado as colleagues and military authorities have failed to reach him.

He was said to have returned to the army camp and shot himself, to the surprise of colleagues.

It was gathered that the deceased would have retired from service in October, leaving his colleagues shocked as to why he chose to take his life.

Army denies claim that military checkpoint caused accident earlier reported that the Nigerian Army had denied the report that its check-point at the Ugwu Onyeama on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway in Enugu.

Four persons were said to have died during the accident, while ten others were said to have sustained a series of injuries.

According to the military, did not have a checkpoint at the junction but a base by the roadside to curb the incessant kidnapping in the area.

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