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Soldier kills self in front of Army gate

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A soldier serving with the 14 Brigade Headquarters, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barrack, Ohafia, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, attached to the 144 Battalion’s Forward Operation Base (FOB) located at Ngwa High School, Abayi, Osisioma Local Government Area has committed suicide.

The soldier, a senior non-commissioned soldier, Command Sergeant Major (CSM), whose name was given simply as Vitalis, an indigene of Okpuala in Ngor-Okpuala in Imo State, shot himself in front of the FOB gate.

The reason for the decision to take his life in front of the army camp has not been known at the time of filing the report as there was no suicide note.

Sources within security agents in the state said that only a discreet investigation would unravel what could have prompted him to take his life, adding that any attempt to suggest what could have led to his decision to kill himself could be prejudice to the outcome of the investigation of the leadership of army in the state.

According to sources, until the death of the soldier, there was no reported case of domestic violence or work related disciplinary action to be against him by army authorities at the Battalion or 14 Brigade Headquarters respectively.

It was gathered that the CSM suddenly disappeared without any trace of his whereabouts for the past two weeks and he has remained incommunicado as several attempts to reach him by colleagues and military authorities failed.

He was said to have returned to the army camp and shot himself to the surprise of colleagues.

It was gathered that the deceased would have retired from service in October, leaving his colleagues shocked as to why he chose to take his life.

The Army Command’s Public Relations Officer (APRO), Lt. Prince Innocent Omale, didn’t pick calls or respond to text message sent to his WhatsApp line as of time of filing the report.

 

 

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