The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed it is investigating the alleged murder of a 60-year-old civilian in Maiduguri, Borno State by one of its personnel on Wednesday.
Reports had it that the man simply identified as Ibrahim Bulama, was reportedly beaten to death by Air Force officers over a woman of easy virtue suspected to be their girlfriend at a red light area in Maiduguri city.
Giving an account of the incidence gathered from preliminary investigations, the Commander of the 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo, told a press conference that the airman had left his beat after dismounting 10 p.m. and met some group of people around a corner near his accommodation.
“When they saw him they fled so he went towards there and was wondering why they were running.
“He entered a couple of rooms and saw a woman and before he knew what was happening he was attacked from behind, injured and they took away his rifle.
“He ran away from there and went for help he later reappeared with a colleague of his to secure his rifle and in the process we lost the old man,” he told reporters.
The airman, Lance Corporal Kamal Usman, who was injured in the encounter, is receiving treatment in a military health facility chained to the bed and under heavy guard while his colleague whose name was not given but also took part in the scuffle that led to the death of the civilian.