NIGERIAN ARMY SAYS SOLDIER WHO KILLED A LIEUTENANT WAS SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION
A soldier that killed a lieutenant on Wednesday, July 29, was suffering from depression, the Nigeria Army has said.
According to the press statement released by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, a soldier of the Nigerian Army serving in Bama, Borno State “went berserk” and shot at Lieutenant Babakaka Shehu Ngorgi who was making a call.
The Army said Private Azunna Maduabuchi, the officer who fired the shot, had been arrested and investigations are ongoing to unravel the mystery surrounding the case.
Reports say the slain Lieutenant was on the phone with his recently wedded wife when the unfortunate incident happened.
As the army and Nigerians in general sympathize and send condolence messages to the family of the fallen hero, the issue of the mental health of frontline officers need to be addressed urgently.
In recent times, Nigeria has been battling with terrorism, banditry, and other types of violent crimes and the military officers, as well as other security agencies, have been at the frontline risking their lives to protect the sovereignty of the Country.
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Does the military have an efficient system put in place to ensure that our men at arms mental and emotional wellbeing are being managed and well taken care of?
The war against Boko Haram terrorists has spanned for about a decade. During the era of President Goodluck Jonathan, there have been allegations that political heavyweights are the sponsors of these terrorist sects.
The Army is doing its part to ensure that bandits and insurgents do not overpower Nigeria’s sovereign state.
However, we are yet to see evidence that sponsors and sympathisers of the killings and terror activities happening across the country have been brought to book.
Earlier this month, Eons Intelligence reported that the House of Representatives has agreed to investigate the alleged mass resignation of 365 soldiers from the Nigerian Army.
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Reports attributed the massive resignations to loss of morale, unimproved allowances, and mass casualties in the hands of Boko Haram Terrorists.
Now more than ever, we need a thorough investigation to unravel the truth behind what is happening.