Army probes soldier's death by DSS operatives

"An amazing soul to the core. He was always smiling. I can’t process the fact that I won’t see him ever again," a relative lamented.
Private Obafemi Peter Adetayo

Private Obafemi Peter Adetayo

The Nigerian Army is looking into the death of one of its soldiers who was reportedly killed by some yet-to-be-identified operatives of the Department of State Service.

Private Obafemi Adetayo was reportedly shot in the stomach around the Lekki area of Lagos State about three weeks ago when he attempted to bring out his ID card from his pocket.

Adetayo was left unconscious after the shooting and was confirmed to have died on Monday by the spokesperson for the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Olaniyi Osob.

In a chat with The PUNCH, he said, “One of our soldiers was shot around Lekki general area about three weeks ago and immediately we got the information, the soldier was evacuated for medical attention and since then he was unconscious while an investigation was going on but sadly we lost him this morning but even though we’ve lost him, the investigation will still continue to ascertain the circumstance that led to his death.”

Meanwhile, Adetayo's sibling with the Twitter handle @just_adulting_ revealed that he was shot while trying to present his ID card to his killers.

She tweeted, “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. Peter was killed by DSS. He tried to defend himself and maintain his stand as military personnel by bringing out his ID card but this was the attempt that led to his death.

“He was shot in the stomach at close range when he made attempt to bring out his ID card. He died at the hospital days after failed attempts to save his life. Again, Nigeria failed its own. The country he loved, served, fought for, killed him. Not even at the battlegrounds where he fought and conquered but on the street.”

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