Abdullahi Jibrin, a lance corporal with the Nigerian Army battalion in Geidam community in Yobe state, has committed suicide.
He took his life after he was arrested for allegedly conniving with Boko Haram insurgents who attacked Yobe communities recently.
Jibrin, a weapon instructor, was said to have taken part in the recent attacks recorded in the state.
The insurgents killed nine people in local pubs at Kornari village in Ngala LGA of Borno during an attack while one person was killed and seven injured in an explosion that rocked a relaxation centre in Abasha ward, Gashua LGA of the state.
Consequently, the state police command ordered the closure of its ”mammy” market in Damaturu, the state capital.
When contacted, Army spokesman headquarters of sector II operation Hadinkai Damaturu, Lt Kennedy Anyewau, confirmed the incident but failed to give further details, saying that a full investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.
However, a military source said that it was discovered that Jibrin absconded from work for two days and was tracked by the army intelligence unit.
According to the source, after being sighted in Gashua, Jibrin was arrested and while being taken back to Geidam, he overpowered one of his escorts and blew himself up.
“He took part in the two attacks in Yobe state, the one on April 21 where nine people were killed in beer parlours. Shortly after, it was discovered he absconded from duty for two days,” the source said.
“He was very popular with his colleagues and well-liked by his colleagues because of his known competence. He was however sighted among the Boko Haram insurgents that attacked Geidam last Sunday.
“The Battalion CO tracked his phone and he was pinpointed at a point in Gashua, hundreds of kilometers from his supposed duty post.
“The army authorities in Gashua were intimated and the soldiers spread their dragnets. On Tuesday morning, Jibrin boarded a bus to Gombe and disguised himself as a civilian, but was identified and nabbed at the checkpoint in Gashua. He was handcuffed and on interrogation revealed so many things”, the source added.