The Nigerian Army’s 7 Division in Maiduguri has verified the arrest of a soldier for allegedly killing a truck driver at a checkpoint on the Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gabooru road.
According to PUNCH, the incident occurred at the checkpoint due to a misunderstanding between the soldier and the driver.
According to reports, the incident on Boxing Day prompted commercial trucks to boycott the key border road in protest, stranding numerous travelers.
Lt. Col. A.Y. Jingina, the 7 Division Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday, saying that the Army had launched an inquiry after receiving a complaint from the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
“Furthermore, engagement has been established with NURTW towards a peaceful resolution of the incident,” the statement said.
“The division has assured both the deceased’s family and the NURTW that it will do everything possible to ensure that justice is served to the family and that no stone will be left unturned in this regard.”
“As part of the division’s efforts to ensure that the victim’s family receives justice, the soldier in question has been arrested, and an investigation has begun.”
“It’s also worth noting that the division does not tolerate any form of unprofessional behavior from any personnel because we operate within the bounds of the law.”
“The division wishes to reassure the members of the general public once again that we will remain resolute and professional in the joint effort to tackle insecurity in Borno State.”