Another Nigerian Army soldier, who is a staff sergeant attached to 192 Battalion in Gwoza, Adegor Okpako has committed suicide in Borno State on Wednesday.
it was learnt from military sources that Okpako also killed another sergeant colleague who was only identified as Saka. Three soldiers and a member of the civilian joint task force were also seriously wounded in the random shooting by Okpako.
Okpako killed himself two days after returning to the battalion after taking a few days’ break. It was not immediately clear whether he was receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or any form of mental health crisis.
The spokespersons for the Defense Headquarters, the Nigerian Army and the counter-terrorism unit were all unavailable for comments late Wednesday. But the Army tweeted shortly before 12 a.m. Thursday that the incident was a case of accidental discharge on Wednesday afternoon.
The statement said a thorough inquiry would be conducted to understand the source of the fatal attack.
The plight of Nigerian soldiers engaging Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s war-ravaged northeast appears to have worsened in recent months. Over 100 soldiers have been killed and as many feared missing since mid-July.
The frequency and scope of the latest Boko Haram assault have alarmed security analysts and residents in the region who feared the insurgents might have regrouped. Several military bases have been raided in recent weeks, with terrorists making away with large quantities of military equipment in virtually every raid.
Experts also blame inadequate weapons and welfare for the troops for the losses being inflicted by the terrorists.