A soldier attached to 243 Recce Battalion Ibereko, Badagry, Lagos State, Lance Corporal Mahmud Sulaiman, turned the gun on himself after he shot dead a Customs Officer at Seme border on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the incident occurred when the team leader was trying to retrieve the gun from Sulaiman following his strange behaviour.
A source said: “In the process of retrieving the cocked weapon from him, which he resisted, he accidentally fired a shot and the stray bullet hit one Inspector of Customs, C.N. Walter.
“The Customs Officer, who was attached to Seme Border Area Command, was rushed to Badagry General Hospital for treatment.
“But unfortunately, the Customs Officer died at about 6:40am on Thursday in the hospital.
“Subsequently, Sulaiman also shot himself and died on the spot.”
NAN gathered that the incident occurred at about 7:45pm on Wednesday at Oloko Checkpoint, Gbaji on Badagry-Seme Expressway.
It was learnt that Sulaiman, who was recently redeployed to the Ibereko Battalion from the Theatre of Operation in the North East, had been behaving abnormally since assumption of duty in Badagry.
The source added: “He always cocked his AK47 rifle fully loaded with ammunition, an action that made his Team Leader to report the matter to the Commanding Officer of 243 Recce Battalion, Colonel Nicholas Rume, where he was serving.
“The Commanding Officer immediately ordered for the retrieval of the weapon from him.”
Contacted, the Customs Public Relations Officer in Seme border, Abdulahi Hussain, confirmed the incident, saying that the situation is under control.
Hussain said: “It is true.
“It was an accident, but the situation is under control now.
“It is unfortunate the soldier committed suicide.”