Ibrahim Bulama, a sixty-year-old man, has allegedly been beaten to his death by Air Force officers in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
Details of what led to the death of Bulama were sketchy as at the time of going to press Thursday, but Commander, 105 Composite Command, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo said some Air Force personnel are already in detention over the matter.
Briefing journalists Thursday in his office, Ohwo said: “Preliminary investigation revealed that, on Wednesday 7th, December 2016, an airman, Lance Corporal Kamal Usman, left his duty post at about 10 p.m., and on his way home, came across a gathering in Okona Hotel, and in an attempt to find out what was wrong, the crowd got scared and took to their heels.
“When he decided to check the surroundings to find out what scared the crowd, he entered one room and found a woman lying on a bed.
“Unfortunately, the deceased old man, Bulama mobilised some people and came back to the hotel and attacked him from the back with machetes, inflicting serious injuries on his head and snatched his rifle.
“On sensing danger, the lance corporal left and mobilised his fellow colleagues for assistance. On arrival at the scene, they descended on the old man, and beat him to death in the process of recovering their rifle.
“The airman is now recuperating at the Air Force medical facility in Maiduguri, while his colleagues who were involved in the incident have been detained pending further investigation.”
While appealing to the general public to be calm, Ohwo, however, said, the case will be thoroughly investigated, and whoever is found guilty will be punished accordingly, as the Nigerian Air force is a credible organisation which does not want its name to be dragged into mud.