Operative of the Department of State Services (DSS) have reportedly killed a soldier, who is identify as Private Obafemi Peter Adetayo.
Security Focus learnt that Obafemi died at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a Lagos hospital after been shot at the weekend along Elegushi Beach by unidentified operatives when he attempted to bring out his identity card from his pocket.
It was also gathered that the family of the deceased have been threatened by the DSS if they disclosed the matter to the media.
However, according to the deceased’s relative who took to social media to decry the incident, Adetayo was shot in the stomach by the operatives.
He wrote: “I lost a brother today. He was a Soldier. No, Boko Haram didn’t kill him, Bandits didn’t. He didn’t die at the war front.
“He was shot in the stomach by DSS in Lekki when he attempted to bring out his ID card.
“Again, Nigeria failed its own. My God! He was so full of life. An amazing soul to the core. He was always smiling.
“I can’t process the fact that I won’t see him ever again. Living in Nigeria is equivalent to walking on a time bomb set to explode the next minute
“The DSS is threatening his elder brother to die (kill) the matter. He was in ICU but died today,” he wrote.
Confirming the soldier’s death, spokesman for the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Olaniyi Osoba said a joint investigation panel has been constituted to unravel what led to the shooting.
He said: “Yes, it is true that one of our soldiers was shot in a controversial circumstance around the Lekki general area. He was evacuated immediately for medical attention while a joint investigation is ongoing to ascertain what led to him being shot.
“Sadly we lost him this morning. Let me assure you that appropriate action would be taken at the end of the investigation.”