A soldier identified as Samaila Gabriel, recently shot himself dead in Yobe state. The deceased with service number 09NA/63/2867 was said to have taken his life out of frustration. One of Gabriel’s colleagues told TheCable that he got frustrated as a result of the refusal of the authorities to transfer him out of the north-east since he was posted there three years ago.
Some of the soldiers on the battlefront have not been allowed to visit their loved ones in years, while many have been killed by insurgents.
Gabriel’s corpse has reportedly been deposited at the Sani Abacha hospital in Damaturu, the state capital.
The army is yet to make a statement on the issue but TheCable understands that investigation is ongoing.
Sani Usman, spokesman of the army, did not respond to a text message which TheCable sent to his telephone line on Saturday evening.