A female military officer has allegedly killed a senior colleague at a checkpoint in Yola, while enforcing the curfew imposed by the Adamawa State government.
Daily Trust reports that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri imposed the curfew after hoodlums broke into a government warehouse and looted several items, including palliatives meant to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
According to sources, the female soldier identified as Lance Corporal Nkiru shot a captain who attempted to intervene in her altercation with civilians at Fire Service Roundabout in Yola.
She was said to have insisted that motorists, including workers on essential duty, coming home during the curfew hours must turn back.
“Some people stopped at the checkpoint explained themselves as workers on essential duties, but the female soldier insisted they must turn back. A captain came forward to intervene. Unfortunately, she had already cocked her rifle, so she just fired and killed him accidentally,” a security officer told Daily Trust.
The victim (name withheld) was confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, while the suspect was instantly arrested and whisked away by soldiers.
Meanwhile in another news…
Two men identified as Babatunde Olatunji and Tunde Afolabi were arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Badagry, Lagos State, for allegedly stealing money from dead victims of an accident along Lagos-Badagry expressway.
The Lagos police command charged Olatunji, 37 and Afolabi, 41 with conspiracy and theft. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor Inspector Ayodele Adeosun told the court that the duo committed the offence on July 9, at about 11 am, at the Muhammadu Buhari Bus Stop, on the Lagos-Badagry expressway, Age-Mowo, Lagos.
Adeosun said the defendants stole N34,350 from victims of an accident that claimed the lives of 18 passengers on the Lagos-Badagry expressway. He said the defendants were apprehended by the people at the scene of the accident and handed over to the police for prosecution.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 411 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
Magistrate T. A. Popoola admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties in like sum. Popoola ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed. He adjourned the case until Aug. 21.