By our reporter| A soldier fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east has reportedly killed himself.
According to sources that witnessed the sad incident, the soldier, a lance corporal Victor Oipkor, attached to the army’s 27 task force brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba local government area of Yobe state, committed suicide on Thursday at his duty post.
It is not clear what led to this action, but sources said the soldier suddenly took his gun, aimed at his head and pulled the trigger.
“He shot himself in the head, and he died immediately, before other soldiers could even rush to help,” a military source said.
The soldier was also said to have left a note for his wife.
His body has been evacuated and sources said investigation into what led to the incident is in progress.
The Nigerian army has not yet commented on the sad development, however, soldiers deployed in operation Lafiya Dole to combat insurgency in the northeast have always complained of poor welfare which has led to some of them committing suicide.
A soldier in the army’s 202 battalion in Bama, Borno state, in July killed a lieutenant who did not give him pass to visit his family.
A soldier also hanged himself in Abuja in 2019, and in 2017, another soldier committed suicide after killing his superior.