Army denies torturing civilians to death

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The Nigerian Army on Saturday dismissed the alleged reports of a police officer’s son who was tortured to death by soldiers as false and a calculated attempt to tarnish the image and good works of military personnel.

This was expressed in a statement on Saturday by Onyema Nwachukwu Brigadier General, Director Army Public Relations.

He said the Nigerian Army is a disciplined regimented organization with focused trained personnel, that has human life and zero tolerance for infringement on the rights of the citizenry.

According to him, contrary to the misgivings peddled on social media, it became imperative to put the record straight, just as he sympathized with the family of late Christopher.

“Incontrovertible evidence indicates that Christian Ehima wandered into a military checkpoint at Wire – Ake in Edo state on the 10 December 2021, without his clothes on, and was halted by soldiers on duty.

He was interrogated but could not say anything meaningful about where he was coming from or heading.

His behavior was rather weird and indicative of one who was obviously under some sort of influence.

‘The Guard Commander, who observed his abnormal behavior, immediately requested for his phone in an effort to contact any of his relations, friends or associates. Shortly afterward, a call came through to his phone and the caller identified herself as his mother.

The soldier invited her to pick up her son, who was still very agitated and unstable.

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Subsequently, the woman arrived at the scene and identified herself as his mother and a police officer. She was briefed about her son’s observed abnormal behavior.

In her conversation with the soldiers, she attributed her son’s weird behavior to the influence of alcohol.

The soldiers, however, maintained that whatever was responsible for Christian’s behavior at that time, was way beyond alcoholism. On sighting his mother his behavior aggravated.

Thereafter, some passersby were mobilized to help her take him to the hospital.

It is also important to state that the incident was recorded both on video and audio, showing the behavior of Christian Ehima and his mother commending the soldiers for their kind intervention.

The evidence, including audio recordings of the police officer and her son, are attached.

Surprisingly, this unfortunate incident has been falsely reported on social media without recourse to the reality of what transpired on the said date.

The general public is urged to disregard this misguided information, as it is clearly manipulative and evidently an attempt to bring disrepute to the NA,” the statement said.

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