Monday, 8 May 2017

Soldiers threaten to kill Borno deputy governor at checkpoint, calls him a bloody civilian and political thief

Deputy governor of Borno State, Usman Durkwa was held to ransom at a military checkpoint by some aggrieved soldiers in Yobe State on Sunday, TheCable reports.

According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred at Buni Gari town in Gujiba local government area of Yobe.

The source told TheCable that the security operatives threatened to kill Durkwa.

Durkwa who was returning from Adamawa state reportedly ran into the military checkpoint, where no soldier was in sight.

One of the policemen attached to the deputy governor had reportedly attempted to remove a barricade on the road.

It was learnt that the military personnel came out at that moment and questioned why he wanted to dismantle the barricade.

One of the soldiers was said to have used the butt of his gun to hit the policeman on the head.

The deputy governor reportedly alighted after about 15 minutes but the soldiers were said to have disrespected him.

“The soldiers took positions from different directions, aiming at the convoy, with the threat to open fire,” the source said.

“The soldiers pointed Ak47 riffle, anti-aircraft guns and one of them was pointing a rocket propeller.

“The deputy governor, having seen what was going on, not after they had denied him access for about 15 minute, came down from his vehicle to interfere, but instead of showing him respect, the soldiers became more lawlessness.

“They said they don’t care about his office. They insulted and called him all sort of names. One of the soldiers, who pointed gun at him, called him a bloody civilian and political thief. They said they won’t lose anything killing the deputy.”

The source said it took the intervention of a senior military official before the situation was brought under control.

The convoy of the deputy governor was eventually given access.

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