Crash between soldiers, COVID-19 Committee in Maiduguri leaves one dead, 5 injured

At least one person has been confirmed dead in auto crash between some soldiers and members of COVID-19 lockdown enforcement team in Maiduguri, Borno state capital. 

Our correspondent gathered that about 5 people also sustained various degrees of injuries.

Trouble started when a vehicle conveying some soldiers rammed into a hilux in the convoy of the members of Borno State COVID-19 Committee.

The COVID-19 team, comprising the state Attorney General, Kakashehu Lawan, and the Commissioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura, were on the enforcement of the interstate lockdown along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road when the incident happened on Saturday.

An eye witness account said the development angered the soldiers as they were said to come down from their vehicle and assaulted the COVID-19 team members despite the injury they were already nursing.

The soldiers were said to be escorting some travellers into Maiduguri when their armoured vehicle hit the hilux conveying some members of the Borno Rapid Response Squad attached to the committee.

The hilux reportedly somersaulted, leaving the driver and five others critically injured.

The driver was later confirmed dead at the state Specialist Hospital where all the injured were rushed for treatment.

Speaking at Njimtilo, the scene of the incident, the Attorney General said the soldiers turned one of their gun trucks to his face, threatening to shoot him during the assault.

He said, “As Nigerians, the mission and vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and of course, the Chief of Army Staff, is to protect lives and property of citizens. We cannot just allow a chunk of the military men to cause havoc when people are doing their official duties.”

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