The Daily Trust is reporting that a senior Nigeria military officer has killed himself less than 72 hours before the verdict of a court-martial trying him for allegedly military infractions during the war against the terrorists.
He was said to have taken own life on Monday, on the premises of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, with personal service pistol.
“I think he killed himself because of the judgment of the court-martial which has been fixed for tomorrow (today, May 19),” the source said.
“In prosecuting the war, the Major with some of his colleagues allegedly committed some infractions for which he was being tried at the 1 Division in Kaduna.”
The offences that were listed against the officers by the military court-martial in the 1 Division were misappropriation of funds, abandonment of military post, insubordination, and desertion, among others.
Another source attributed his death to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), noting that he had been in the North East for some time, battling Boko Haram terrorists.
The Major, a Course 55 Regular Officer and other members of his class, were said to be due for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel this September.
As of now the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that he had not been briefed.