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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Nigerian soldier takes own life in Abia

Nigerian soldier takes own life in Abia

According to reports, a soldier assigned to the Forward Operation Base, FOB, of the 144 Battalion, located at Ngwa High School in Aba, Abia State, has taken his own life.

Allnews.ng gathered that the Saturday tragedy shocked the troops at the camp, leaving them to ponder what might have caused their comrade to end his own life. October would have marked the late soldier's retirement from active duty.

Additionally, our publication gathered that the soldier—a senior non-commissioned officer from Okpala in the Ngor-Okpala council area of Imo State named Sergeant Major Vitalis—shot himself in front of the FOB gate.

It is still unclear why he committed suicide in front of the military camp because he is reported to have left no suicide note.

Military officials at the 144 Battalion or 14 Brigade headquarters in Ohafia, respectively, were not known to have taken any disciplinary action against the soldier for work-related offences or domestic abuse until the man's death, according to further military sources who spoke with media. 

Additionally, it was learned that the soldier had vanished for the previous two weeks without leaving a trace. It was said that attempts by colleagues and military officials to track him down were fruitless.

He was said to have shot himself to death upon returning to the FOB. 

The Vanguard noted that the Army Public Relations Officer, APRO, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Lt. Prince Innocent Omale, was contacted to corroborate the occurrence. Still, his response to a text message from his cell phone remained unanswered. 

Meanwhile, Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has received the three rescued school children who were abducted on May 10, 2024, and reunited them with their parents. The children, Gideon (8), Divine (6), and Israel (4), were rescued in Anambra and the Delta States after an intense manhunt. 

The Governor commended the security operatives involved in the rescue operation and urged parents to be more careful and responsible in ensuring the safety and security of their children.

Governor Otti emphasized that no excuse can justify parents' failure to live up to their primary responsibility of ensuring their children's security. He expressed joy that the children had finally been reunited with their parents and used the opportunity to admonish parents to be more careful about the safety and security of their children.

"I would like to also admonish parents to be more careful because this was avoidable. First of all, you should not hand over your children to people you do not know, be they Keke or Okada riders. There is nothing you're doing that is more important than looking after your children. That is my word to parents, grandparents, and everybody who has something to do with one Abia child or another," Otti said.

He further implored security operatives to prosecute all those involved in the abduction and urged communities to return to the positive culture of seeing all children as their own.

The Governor reassured of his administration's commitment to securing the state and developing the economy, noting that security is essential for economic growth.

"One of the promises that we made to our people was that we must secure the State because we intend to develop the state and grow our economy. So, when you see me working very hard, visiting security agencies and their heads, it is to sit down and be able to map out a security architecture that works for all of us," the Governor stated.

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