The Nigerian Air Force yesterday held two of its personnel attached to its Group Service Base in Kano for allegedly shooting a “mad” man at a shopping mall in Nassarawa area of the state, commander of the unit, Air Commodore Sani Ahmed has said.
The men who were accused of shooting the mentally retarded person following an altercation, challenged him for allegedly wearing a military-colour shirt.
Eyewitnesses said that one of the military men was seen exchanging blows with the individual before he was shot in the legs by the other soldier.
The victim was later taken to hospital by a police patrol team as the soldiers were said to have abandoned him at the scene.
Confirming the incident, Air Commodore Ahmed said the airmen were arrested after a complaint was lodged at the unit. The commander maintained that investigations will be thoroughly carried out on the matter with its outcome made public.
“We’re not going to close our eyes to it, because it’s not in our character in the Nigeria Air Force. It’s quite unfortunate,” he said.