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Soldier commits suicide on duty post in Bauchi

Bello Useni, a soldier with the Nigerian army school of armour in Bauchi has killed himself.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that Useni was at his duty post at the Obienu barracks in Bauchi, when he suddenly cocked his rifle and shot himself in the stomach.

The incident happened around 4pm on Wednesday. It is not yet clear what led the soldier to kill himself.

The soldier was said to be one of those newly recruited in 2020, and his first posting had been the army’s school of armour in Bauchi.

According to sources, Useni died on the spot and his body deposited at the mortuary in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU), Bauchi.

“He was on duty alongside his colleagues. They were all discussing normal soldier things and suddenly, he pulled out his gun and shot himself in the stomach,” another source said.

The other soldiers he was with at the time of the incident have been locked in the guardroom, pending investigation.

The incident, sources said, has been communicated to the army headquarters, and a board had been set up in the barracks to investigate the matter.

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