Soldiers Hold Borno Dep. Gov. To Ransom, Threaten To Kill Him
A tragic incident would have taken place if not for the intervention of senior army officers after some soldiers held the Borno State Deputy Governor hostage and threatened to kill him.
The aggrieved soldiers held Usman Durkwa to ransom at a military checkpoint in Yobe State on Sunday.
The incident occurred in Buni Gari town in Gujiba local government area of Yobe.
Durkwa was returning from Adamawa State, where he had attended the turbaning ceremony of Martins Babale, his Adamawa counterpart. The ceremony took place in Ganye local government area of Adamawa.
Durkwa’s convoy reportedly ran into the military checkpoint, where no soldier was in sight.
A policeman attached to the deputy governor’s office had attempted to remove the barricade on the road when the military personnel stopped him.
They reportedly asked him who gave him the order to dismantle the barricade, and in the process started manhandling the policeman.
One of the soldiers was said to have used the butt of his gun to hit the policeman on the head. Some security personnel in the team of the deputy governor moved in to explain to the officers that they were accompanying a government official, but the soldiers were said to have been irritated by the explanation.
After about 15 minutes of the ensuing drama, the number two man in Borno alighted from the vehicle to join his security team, but the soldiers were said to have refused to accord him the respect that he deserves.
“The soldiers took positions from different directions, aiming at the convoy, with the threat to open fire,” a source said.
“The soldiers pointed Ak47 riffle, anti-aircraft guns and one of them pointed a rocket propeller.
“The deputy governor, having seen what was going on, after they had denied him access for about 15 minutes, 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 a gun at him, called him a bloody civilian and political thief. They said they won’t lose anything killing the deputy.”
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, while the soldiers watched in anger.