An Army corporal has killed a Mobile Police Officer with an Anti-Aircraft Gun (AAG) after an altercation at Makara Area of Gwoza Local Government Area (LGA), in Borno State.
The unnamed Army corporal extra-judicially killed Sergeant Rowland Tafida who was among the MOPOL Special Forces Team deployed to Gwoza last August, on counter-insurgency operations.
According to PRNigeria, the late Police officer would have completed his six months anti-terrorism operation on February 8, 2020.
It was also learnt that Mr. Rowland, a father of two young girls, had already planned to depart Borno this coming Saturday before he was ‘callously’ murdered by the unidentified soldier.
An eyewitness who spoke to PRNigeria described the killing of Rowland as “unfortunate and disheartening”.
He said the whole drama started with an altercation between the Army corporal and another Police personnel over a girlfriend.
The eyewitness, who pleaded not to be named, said: “Some people intervened and settled the matter when the aggrieved Army corporal asked a driver of an anti-aircraft gun Hilux belonging to his military base, to turn and directly face the Limankara Police Training Camp.
“Immediately after turning the vehicle, they opened fire and shot at the Camp’s facility. It was at that moment, Rowland Tafida, the late police sergeant, was killed by a stray bullet because he was not involved the earlier altercation. The blast of the anti-aircraft vehicle totally disfigured his left leg thigh as he was returning to the camp after he went to charge his phone somewhere.
“The young MOPOL officer could have survived the terrible assault, but nobody could take him to a medical facility as he lied in his own pool of blood, bleeding profusely and bled to death.”
Another eyewitness, a woman, stated that other police officers at the Limankara camp swiftly mobilized and immediately came out to protest against the ‘brutal’ killing of Rowland by the soldier.
She added that it took the intervention of an army major, who is the most senior officer in the location, to douse the rising tension.
“It was the Army major that came out to beg the aggrieved MOPOL personnel. He was the one who restored order and normalcy, otherwise, a mayhem would have erupted.