Nigerian soldier commits suicide in Borno

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There was serious pandemonium in Gwoza, Borno State, after an Army officer, Adegor Okpako, reportedly shot himself to death on Wednesday.

According to Premium Times, Okpako, a staff sergeant attached to 192 Battalion,  and claimed another sergeant colleague’s life in the act identified as Saka.

Three soldiers and a member of the civilian joint task force were also seriously wounded in the random shooting by Mr Okpako.

This tragic incident was said to have occurred two days after returning to the battalion following some few days break.

It was not immediately clear whether he was receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or any form of a mental health crisis.

“Accidental discharge kills 2 soldiers. We deeply regret to announce the death of two soldiers of 192 Battalion who lost their lives as a result of an accidental discharge during in-theatre training today,” Premium Times quoted the Army.

The report attributed the demise to the crippling state of Nigerian soldiers engaging Boko Haram terrorists.

It is claimed that over 100 soldiers have been killed and as many feared missing since mid-July alone.