Nigerian soldier combating Boko Haram commits suicide after ‘false’ theft accusation, punishment
A soldier in Northeast Nigeria dedicated suicide, on Thursday, after he was publicly punished by his superior for alleged cellphone theft, his colleagues informed Newsmen.
The soldier, recognized as Lance Corporal Victor Ojeamiran, was connected to the Nigerian Military 27 Process Power Brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba Native Authorities Space of Yobe State.
The 27 Process Power is a kind of combating the Boko Haram extremists in Northeast Nigeria.
Mr Ojeamiran shot himself after he personally submitted a word to his platoon sergeant for supply to his superior officer within the Process Power, our sources mentioned, asking to not named for concern of victimisation by the military.
The word was a protest word the place the soldier tried to defend himself and show his innocence.
Buni Gari is claimed to be about 7 km from the headquarters of the 27 Process Power Brigade in Buni Yadi, the city that additionally accommodates the Nigerian Military Particular Forces Faculty in Gujba native authorities.
What actually occurred
The deceased went to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and acquired a used cellphone, our sources mentioned. Unknown to him, the cellphone was a stolen cellphone and belonged to a senior military officer in Damaturu.
The officer tracked the cellphone and located it with the soldier whereas he was about to return to his formation in Buni Gari, after he purchased the cellphone.
The officer allegedly punished the soldier in public, whereas residents of the world shot movies of the punishment and later posted it on some social media platforms.
Mr Ojeamiran couldn’t bear the shame of the video of him being publicly punished for a ‘false accusation’ and he didn’t have an opportunity to defend himself earlier than the punishment, our sources mentioned.
He informed his colleagues, together with certainly one of our sources, that he doesn’t know what to inform his spouse and youngsters in regards to the video, and the way he was disgraced within the eyes of the world for a criminal offense he didn’t commit.
Therefore, he determined to take his life after he returned to base by taking pictures himself on the pinnacle.
When contacted, the military spokesperson, Sagir Musa, mentioned he’s but to be briefed on the event and he isn’t in Yobe at current.
When Newsmen contacted the spokesperson of the 27 Process Power, Chinonso Oteh, a lieutenant, he promised to get again to this reporter with an official place. He has ignored subsequent calls and messages to his cellphone since then.
Nevertheless, PREMIUM TIMES has seen an inside memo by the military confirming the suicide however claiming it occurred on Sunday, September 20. Within the memo, the military mentioned an “investigation has commenced on the circumstances that led to the incident.”
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