A Nigerian Army officer attached to the Presidential Guard Brigade, Abubakar Idris opened fire on some motorcyclists in Abuja. The incident which happened on Monday resulted in the death of a passenger on the spot.
It was gathered that the incident happened around 1 am close to a bridge along Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Asokoro, where the presidential brigade Army, Idris and his colleagues were stationed for guard duty. It was confirmed that the deceased passenger was taken to the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, for an autopsy.
A witness said, “It was a sad incident. The Army Brigade officers were on duty last night (Sunday/Monday) when Idris sighted some motorcyclists approaching them close to the bridge.
“Officer Idris was trying to stop one of the bike men, who was carrying a passenger, but in the process he opened fire on them, killing the passenger immediately, while the bike man and other motorcyclists fled.”
Another witness revealed that the soldiers fled the scene, abandoning the corpse until the arrival of the police.
He said, “Not long after it happened, the soldiers left the scene and abandoned the corpse. But police officers later got to the scene around 3 am. The corpse was taken to the Asokoro District Hospital for an autopsy.”
However, the spokesperson for the brigade, Abakpa Godfrey, noted that he was not aware of the incident.
Abakpa said, “I can’t comment on that for now. I was actually on a pass and I just got back to Abuja, so I am not aware of it.”