Nigerian soldier accused of conniving with Boko Haram commits suicide

A soldier, Lance Corporal Jibrin Biu, attached to the Nigerian Army 159 Battalion in Geidam, under the  27 Task Force Brigade in Buni Gari, Yobe  State who absconded his duty post to join fighters of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, to raid a town, has committed suicide

Penpushing reports that Biu was later arrested having being identified among fighters of the Islamist group last Sunday, as they attacked Geidam, a town in Yobe State, but committed suicide while being transported.

The Lance Corporal was pinpointed at a point in Gashua after his Commanding Officer tracked his phone, hence, a signal was sent to the army base in Gashua and dragnets were spread out for him.

Penpushing further reports that,he was arrested at a checkpoint in a commercial bus travelling to Yobe on Tuesday morning, and following  his arrest, he reportedly snatched a gun from a soldier who was transporting him to custody and shot himself dead.

The deceased soldier was said to be in the Intelligence Corps of the army before becoming a weapons instructor, and was believed to be paid by the terror group to teach their members how to use firearms.

Penpushing also reports that, as at the time of filing this report, Onyema Nwachukwu, the army spokesman was yet to issue any official statement or comments on the ugly development, while it is recalled that a similar development occurred in September last year when a soldier, Victor Ojeamiran, attached to the Nigerian Army 27 Task Force Brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State,committed suicide over alleged false accused of stealing.

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