Soldier kills 13-year-old schoolboy in self-defence

The assistant director, army public relations, Major Ojo Adelegan, says a Fulani community in Ondo attacked a team of soldiers on a peace mission – The killing of a 13 year old boy in the community is said to have caused tension in the state – Nigerian Army officer shoots self to death A soldier has reportedly shot to death, Umar Saliu, a 13-year-old pupil of community primary school, Ajowa, in Akoko north-west local government area of Ondo state. The assistant director, army public relations, Major Ojo Adelegan, claimed the boy was shot by a soldier in self-defence when members of the Fulani community attacked a team of soldiers that were in the community to maintain peace, Vanguard reports. Adelegan said: “Our men got information that some strange Fulani men entered into the town and we moved in to know what was happening. On getting there, our men saw those strange men and the next thing they did was to attack our men. “They even used dangerous weapons to attack our men. So in self-defence, our men acted, though we are still investigating the matter.” But the father of the deceased said his son was returning from school when he was hit by the bullet, which killed him instantly. The killing was said to have caused tension in the community and the state, prompting the government to deploy officials to calm frayed nerves. News learnt that the state governor’s adviser on security matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, and the SSA on Hausa/Fulani affairs, visited both the community and family of the deceased boy to appeal for calm.  The Ondo state police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, said the command has arrested one Adamu Kai in connection with the incident. “We are yet to ascertain whether it was a soldier that killed the boy. But there was a fight between two Fulani men. So, one Abdullahi Kai invited the soldiers,” he said. “It was in the course of settling the matter that an argument ensued between them and the soldiers, which led to the gunshot. Kai is with us now and investigation has commenced.” The command said the school boy’s corpse had been released to his parents for burial. Meanwhile, a Nigerian Army captain has intentionally shot himself to death at the 7 Division Medical Centre in Maiduguri on June 18 after he was referred to the facility for medical examination and treatments. The unnamed officer attached to troops operating in Mafa local government area of Borno state was reported to be on deployment in the north-east as part of the war against Boko Haram from the Nigerian Army 22 Armoured Brigade in Ilorin. His name has, however, been withheld because it was not clear whether his family members have been notified.

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