There was tension at bridgehead Onitsha, Anambra State, on Thursday, following the alleged killing of a 27-year-old man, a revenue agent by a soldier.
It was gathered that one of the soldiers at a checkpoint at bridgehead shot the boy while trying to shoot into the air.
A witness who does not want to be named said the soldiers were pursuing and smashing mirrors of commercial vehicles who were plying one-way across the bridge when the incident happened.
‘As the soldiers were trying to stop the motorists from plying one-way. They were running to escape, one of the soldiers pulled his gun and shot in the air but the bullet hit one of the revenue collectors who was across the road and killed him instantly.
‘The killing of the boy wanted to cause a problem as many traders and other passersby mobilized to attack the soldiers but they called for reinforcement from the barrack and they brought more soldiers and armoured personnel carrier to the scene.
‘The prompt intervention of a senior Army officer, a major and Onitsha Police Area Commander saved the situation and the soldier was whisked away,’ the source said.
It was gathered that the corpse of the boy was taken away to be deposited at the morgue.
There was security beef up at bridgehead as many security operatives were stationed there to avoid breakdown of law and order.