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Army sergeant kills captain, four others, self in Borno

There was confusion in Chibok community , Borno State, on Sunday after a staff sergeant in the Nigerian Army, Silas Ninyo, shot dead a captain , four civilians and himself during an altercation.

Our correspondent learnt that Ninyo killed the captain , identified only as Mani, and the four others when he ( Ninyo) was allegedly ordered by Mani to stop beating some civilians at a checkpoint .

According to an online medium, Sahara Reporters , which got the army ’ s situation report on the incident, the captain was providing security for worshippers during a church service when he received a distress call that Ninyo (93 NA/ 36 /2608 ) was beating up some civilians for some unknown reasons .

Our correspondent gathered that Mani ( NA/14430 ) scolded the sergeant , freed the civilians and attempted to disarm Ninyo .
The later was said to have shot the captain dead before killing the four civilians .

He then shot himself in the head .
The corpses of the soldiers were reportedly taken to a military hospital in Yola, Adamawa State .

A reliable source in Chibok on Sunday confirmed the incident to our correspondent, noting that the army was investigating it .

The source said , “ I can confirm that the shooting took place. I know Silas (Ninyo ) and Mani very well. They were very close in that formation. I don ’ t know what would have caused the altercation. I am still trying to speak to their boss , a Major, to ascertain what really went wrong. The army is investigating the incident. ”

The Director , Army Public Relations , Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, could not be reached for comment on the incident as of press time.
He also had yet to reply to a text message sent to his phone as of press time.

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