The Nigerian Army has said efforts are being made to arrest the Unknown Soldier, who allegedly shot dead a fruit vendor in Gusau, Zamfara State.
The fruit vendor, identified as Abdulkadir Musa, was shot dead by a gunman suspected to be a soldier for preventing the suspect from going away with his bunch of bananas for free.
Mohammed Yerima, the Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement on Tuesday stated that the incident was regrettable and condoled with the family of the deceased.
Yerima stated, “It is worthy of note that the General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Major General Usman Yusuf, has since commissioned an investigation to reveal the circumstances that led to the arguments, which eventually claimed one life.
“Efforts are ongoing to arrest the yet-to-be-identified perpetrator.
“The NA remains professional and will never condone any act of misconduct by troops against the very people they are deployed to protect.
“The Army wishes to state clearly that the alleged perpetrator, once identified, will be subjected to a thorough investigation and if found wanting, will be made to face the full wrath of the law in accordance with extant provisions.
“Furthermore, the NA wishes to ensure that normalcy has been restored in the general area and the Army remains committed to the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.”
Yerima added that the Army was also working to put in place measures to ensure that similar incidents did not occur again.