Soldiers have killed a police sergeant known as Ahmed Ali for trapping a soldier in a vehicle transporting Indian hemp in Benisheikh town, Borno State.
It became clear that the incident happened at the city’s border crossing around 10 a.m. on Monday.
According to Daily Trust, a security source said that the soldier, driving an ash colored Acura sport utility vehicle with registration number FKJ761AR, hit the checkpoint and refused to stop despite a warning from the police.
One of the security sources said: “His refusal to stop caused the special police team to shoot his tire, causing him to stop; but in an attempt to drive the vehicle to the Benisheikh police station, Sergeant Ali was shot dead by soldiers.
“The soldier carrying the Indian hemp, identified as Sgt. U. Joseph, along with his other colleagues attempted to stop the Crack Squad from impounding the vehicle that led to the shooting and Sgt. Ali, who reversed the vehicle was killed by the cartridge.”
The suspect is reportedly in military custody, while the vehicle is parked at the Bensheikh police station.
Daily Trust reported that a military source described the shooting as a mistake as a soldier named Ibrahim Waberi fired on the vehicle in an attempt to prevent it from being moved by the deceased.
“His shot mistakenly hit the deceased but the accused soldier is in custody for investigation,” he said.
State Police Public Relations Officer ASP Sani Kamilu Shatambaya was on leave and his deputy could not be reached for comment.