This is something you'd expect to see in a failed state. A soldier dies in a traffic accident and when his comrades find out, they go on a rampage.
Police are nowhere to be found, because for all practical purposes the soldiers are the police. Not only do they enforce the law according to their whims of the moment, but they are above the law.
This happens against a background of rampant rumours about the military conniving with Boko Haram.
It going to take more than a Washington PR firm for Goodluck Jonathan to salvage anything out of this mess.