Soldier commits suicide in front of Army base gate

A soldier has shot and killed himself at at the Ngwa High School Forward Operating Base (FOB) Aba, Abia state.
Blueprint gathered that the deceased soldier, a Sergeant Major (SM), who hailed from a community in Ngor Okpuala Local Government Area of Imo State and served at the Ngwa High School FOB of the Nigerian Army, reportedly went missing about two weeks before the incident.

According to a source close to the military, “the SM suddenly disappeared without anybody knowing his whereabouts and for the past two weeks, he has remained incommunicado as several attempts to reach him by his colleagues or military authorities in the camp and state failed.”

The source disclosed that the SM, billed for retirement from service in October this year, however, suddenly resurfaced in the military base last Saturday.

It was gathered that before anybody could find out from him why he was not seen for two weeks, he reportedly used his gun to shoot himself dead in front of the military base.
The reason for his decision to take his life has not been known since there was no suicide note he left behind.
“His colleagues said before he killed himself, the soldier had no reported case of domestic violence or any known work related disciplinary action against him by army authorities that could warrant him to take his own life “the source further stated.

The source, however, added that the late soldier who was looking dirty and haggard when he resurfaced was rumoured to have some questions to answer over the killing of the five soldiers in Aba.

“The late soldier would have been moved to the 82 Division Headquarters, Enugu this week for interrogation over the killing of soldiers in Aba last two weeks. And knowing he may not survive it, he decided to take his life.”

Director Army Public Relations Officer Major General Onyema Nwachuckwu could not confirm the incident as he neither picked his calls nor responded to text message sent to his WhatsApp line

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