The Nigerian Army has officially announced that one of their soldiers shot and killed an NGO worker at a Nigerian military base and injured a United Nations helicopter co-pilot. The shooter was immediately “neutralized” by responding soldiers. The pilot has been stabilized. The bodies of the two men have been moved to the 7th Division Hospital near Damboa. The base belongs to the 7th Division which was stood up in August 2013 to combat Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria.
The Theatre Command Operation HADIN KAI regrets to inform the general public of a sad occurrence at one of our military base today. A soldier shot and killed a staff of one of the NGOs providing humanitarian support in the North East… pic.twitter.com/gEhge6fYd3
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) November 17, 2022
This has not been the first incident of personnel from the 7th Division, in 2014 members of the unit executed a mutiny after having suffered heavy losses during the Chibok ambush. On May 13th, 2014, soldiers of the 7th Division were ordered to make a night movement to look for kidnapped girls in the vicinity of Chibok. During that movement, 12 soldiers were killed. Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, the 7th Division commander came to pay respect to the dead soldiers, and was immediately fired upon by some disgruntled soldiers.The general was uninjured, but his bodyguards received minor wounds.