The Nigerian Army has reacted to the reports alleging that a watermelon seller was shot dead while demanding his pay from military personnel who bought a watermelon from him and refused to pay.
EveryEvery.ng gathered that some angry youths in the area reacted and chased the soldier into a hotel along Gusau, Sokoto Road. Also, the irate youths reportedly set an army operational vehicle ablaze.
The Nigerian Army described the incident as sad and regrettable and comisserrated with the family of the deceased.
According to the military, the General Officer Commanding 8 Division Major General Usman Yusuf has vowed to investigate what led to the altercations, which eventually claimed one life.
Soldier Who Killed Watermelon Seller
The military added that efforts are ongoing to arrest the yet to be identified perpetrator, adding that no military operational vehicle was set ablaze as claimed in the report.
The Brigadier General Director Army Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Mohammed Yerima, said the military would not condone any act of misconduct by troops against the masses.
According to Yerima, the military would subject the perpetrator to a thorough investigation.