Air Commodore Charles Ohwo disclosed at a news briefing that the matter is being thoroughly investigated.
Premium Times reports that the incident happened at a brothel called Okona Hotel where Usman battered the old man to death but the Air Force hierarchy in the state has vehemently denied that it was their rating that killed Bulama.
Addressing newsmen during a press briefing, Commandant of the 105 Composite Command, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo, said preliminary investigation revealed that Lance Corporal Kamal Usman left his duty post about 10pm and on his way home, came across a gathering at Okona Hotel.
According to Ohwo, in an attempt to find out what was wrong, the crowd got scared and took to their heels.
“When he (Usman) decided to check the surroundings to find out what scared the crowd, he entered one room and found a woman lying on a bed.
Unfortunately, the deceased old man, Bulama, mobilized some people and came back to the hotel and attacked him from the back with machetes, inflicting serious injuries on his head and snatched his rifle.
On sensing danger, the lance corporal left and mobilized his fellow colleagues for assistance. Upon arrival at the scene, they descended on the old man, and beat him to death in the process of recovering their rifle.
The airman is now recuperating at the Air Force medical facility in Maiduguri, while his colleagues who were involved in the incident have been detained pending further investigation.
The Nigerian Air Force is a credible organization which does not want its name to be dragged into the mud,” Ohwo added.
He, however, appealed to the public to be calm as the case would be thoroughly investigated and whoever was found guilty would be punished accordingly.