Nigerian soldier secretly working for Boko Haram commits suicide

A soldier, Abdullahi Jibrin, has shot himself to death after it was discovered he was secretly working for terrorists group, Boko Haram.

The lance corporal with the Nigerian Army battalion in Geidam community in Yobe state, reportedly took part in recent hits by the terrorists in Yobe and Gombe states respectively.

He allegedly took part in an attack on local pub at Kornari village in Ngala LGA of Borno, leaving one person dead and several others injured.

Another, which took place in Abasha ward, Gashua LGA of the state, left nine people dead.

TheCable, in its report, quoted an unnamed top military source who said that Jibrin absconded from work for two days.

As a result, he was tracked by the army intelligence unit and sighted in Gashua. Jibrin was arrested, but blew himself up while he was being driven to Geidam.

Jibrin, who was a weapon instructor, overpowered one of his escorts and blew himself up.

“He took part in the two attacks in Yobe state. The one on April 21 where nine people were killed in bar parlours.  Shortly after, it was discovered he absconded from duty for two days,” the source said.

“He was very popular with his colleagues and well-liked by his colleagues because of his known competence. He was however sighted among the Boko Haram insurgents that attacked Geidam last Sunday.

“The Battalion CO tracked his phone and he was pinpointed at a point in Gashua, hundreds of kilometers from his supposed duty post.

“The army authorities in Gashua were intimated and the soldiers spread their dragnets.

“On Tuesday morning, Jibrin boarded a bus to Gombe and disguised himself but was identified and nabbed at the checkpoint in Gashua.

“He was handcuffed and on interrogation revealed so many things.

“On transit to Geidam, Jibrin employed his skills as a weapon instructor, snatched a gun from one of his escorts, overpowered the other, and blew himself up.

“His revelations, however, led to the arrest of some other suspects. While many are believed to be among the troops in both Gombe and Geidam battalions.

“He was even in the intelligence corps of the NA before becoming a weapons instructor.”

The source said an investigation is still in progress to know other culprits working with him within the army.


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