At least three civilians were killed and 13 others badly injured as a soldier opened fire on harpless civilians in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, witnesses said.
HumAngle gathered from credible sources who saw the encounter that the soldier is attached with the ongoing Operation Hadin Kai of the Northeast Theatre Command.
Bukar Musa, a resident of Mafa who spoke with HumAngle on phone said that “the soldier appeared to be drunk or drugged at the time of the shooting.
“As we speak now, the three bodies of the victims are laying lifeless here in Mafa while those that survived with gunshots are currently receiving treatment,” Musa said.
A non-commissioned senior officer of the Nigeria Army (name withheld), who also confirmed the incident to journalists in Maiduguri, said “it was a sad event even though the soldier has been disarmed and is currently under arrest.”
Unprovoked gun shootings, usually by intoxicated security agents, including military and police officers in Borno state, have claimed the lives of many innocent civilians in recent times.
Early in March, a jealous police sergeant in Maiduguri opened fire on his colleagues, killing at least six persons over allegations of infidelity against his wife.
The Nigeria police had also in March this year sacked a police officer who opened fire from his rifle and killed a soldier guarding the palace of the Shehu of Borno.
In January 2022, HumAngle reported how a 14-year-old schoolgirl died after a bullet fired by unknown security personnel during a new year’s day celebration hit her on the head while sleeping in her home.
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