The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of a soldier who allegedly killed seven civilians, including a 3-year-old girl in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Intelligence Coordinator, Theatre Command of the Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Col. Obinna Azuikpe, disclosed this, on Friday, while briefing Newsmen on the military’s operations in the North-East.
Azuikpe disclosed that about 16 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident which occurred on Tuesday in Mafa market.
The Intelligence Coordinator, who attributed the incidents to ”post traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse” said, the injured victims had been hospitalised.
He disclosed that the soldier was arrested by the Military Police, adding that there was another incident of two police men killing soldiers in Maiduguri.
According to him, the Theatre Commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, has set up a joint committee to review the existing codes of conduct in the operations and assured of commitment of the military authorities towards improving the welfare of the troops.