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Missing Limb: Army rejects N150m demand by student shot by soldier


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The Nigerian Army (NA) has rejected the demand of a student, Emmanuel Madubuezi requesting to be paid N150m as damages after losing his leg to a gunshot wound inflicted on him by a soldier.

The army said this in a letter written to Madubuezi’s lawyer.

In the letter with reference number AHQ DCMA/G1/300/130 signed by Brig. Gen Emmanuel Aladeniyi, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, the army authorities said the soldier who shot Madubuezi had been charged.

The NA, therefore, stated that it could not be held liable for the action of an errant soldier.

Narrating what transpired, the army said a soldier, Corporal Augustine Jacob, and 11 soldiers were deployed to Stalling Oil Company to provide protection for a property.

It said one Mr Amadi illegally procured the services of Corporal Jacob and four other soldiers to settle a fracas at his Bet9ja shop at Big Tree Market in Port Harcourt.

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The army said on arrival at the Bet9ja office, the corporal went upstairs while the others remained downstairs and it was at this point that a bullet was released from one of the soldiers downstairs.

It said investigation revealed that the action of the soldier who mistakenly pulled the trigger resulted in the shooting of Madubuezi.

The victim was subsequently taken to Life Fort Hospital but could not be admitted due to limited bed space and then to Braithwaite and Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital before his leg was amputated at Holy Trinity Hospital on September 25, 2017.

The letter read in part, “It is imperative to point out that that soldiers’ conduct was highly unprofessional but they were acting on a frolic of their own. They were detailed to Stalling Oil Company and not Bet9ja store and his action amounted to disobedience of standing orders amongst others for which he has been duly charged and remanded for by a court-martial.

“Additionally, the Nigerian Army cannot be vicariously liable for the actions of its personnel when they act on a frolic of their own. Most importantly, the offence is one that is criminal in nature as it involves then soldier and the state for which he has been accordingly charged. The outcome of the trial will be communicated to your accordingly.”

Madubuezi was on his way to his school, Port Harcourt Polytechnic, in 2017 when he was shot.

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The indigene of Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State had told The PUNCH that on September 14, 2017, he boarded a commercial tricycle (popularly called ‘keke’) that morning to school but shortly before he got to Big Tree Market in Iwofe, from a distance, he saw some soldiers forcing some young ladies into a van.

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He had said:

“The tricycle rider continued the journey and people went about their business. Then we started hearing gunshots. Suddenly, I realised that a bullet had pierced my hand and left leg. The bullet went through my leg and also hit an elderly woman sitting next to me. The impact made her fall out of the tricycle. She appeared to be in her 60s.”

The victim said after he was shot, the soldiers were informed of what they had done but they refused to help.


Father of chained Kebbi boy charged



Aliyu Umar

Father who chained his 12-year-old son, Jibrin, Aliyu Umaru, for two years in Kebbi has been charged for cruelty.

Kebbi Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Nafiu Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement.

According to him:

”The Kebbi State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 09/08/2020 at about 1440hrs, information revealed that, one Jibrin Aliyu,male, aged,12 years of Badariya area, Birnin Kebbi was tied with a rope alongside with animals and chickens for a period of two years after demise of his biological mother without treatment and feeding in their residence.

On the receipt of the report, detectives attached to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Birnin Kebbi, swiftly rushed to the scene, rescued the victim and took him to Sir Yahyah Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi for medical attention.

”In the course of investigation, it was discovered that the victim, Jibrin Aliyu is a patient of Down Syndrome and his father, Aliyu Umaru has admitted to have tied him with a rope because he had taken him to various native doctors for medication up to the extent of selling some of his properties but all in vein.

“Instead of his father to continue with his medication, he decided to subject him to such inhumane and degrading treatment in order to prevent him from roaming about in the town, stoning peoples’ vehicles as well as injuring himself which could lead to his death.

”In the light of the above Aliyu Umaru was found culpable of being cruel to his son and has been charged to Court accordingly.”

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Wife arrested after husband kills self over lack of sex



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The wife of a man in India has been arrested after her husband committed suicide over claims she failed to have sex with him during their 22-months marriage.

The wife identified as Geeta Parmar, 32, a resident of Maninagar in Gujarat, was recently arrested on suspicion of ‘abetment to suicide’ following a complaint filed by her late husband’s mother-in-law.

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According to reports, her mother-in-law, Muli Parmar, 55, claims Geeta did not have sex with her husband, Surndrasinh, during the 22 months of their married life together and the lack of sex left her son in ‘mental stress’ as a result of their relationship failed.

Parmar said she also discovered they were sleeping in separate beds when she paid the couple a visit when he revealed to her that he and Geeta did not have ‘physical relations’, the police report said.

“Once I had gone inside my son’s room and found that he and my daughter-in-law were sleeping on different beds,’ Muli alleged in her first information report.

“When I asked my son about this, he told me that they did not have physical relations as Geeta had taken a vow that she would not sleep with her husband.”

Surndrasinh committed suicide on July 27 and his family members on returning from a funeral to Surndrasinh’s home discovered him.

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Surndrasinh married Geeta, his second wife, in October 2018 after a divorce from his ex-wife two years earlier.

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Florida dad kills 11-year-old terminally ill daughter, himself



A dad reportedly shot dead his 11-year-old daughter who was terminally ill before shooting himself on Monday morning.

The Florida dad identified as Kenbian Ng allegedly opened fire on his daughter, Angela, at the family’s home in the 14600 block of Southwest 18th Court in Davie while his wife was preparing breakfast, SunSentinel reported.

The mother rushed into the room after hearing gunshots around 9 a.m., she found both her daughter and husband with fatal injuries, the outlet reported.

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The daughter died at the scene while the father later died at the Broward County Medical Center.

Authorities confirmed that Angela had severe health conditions with no signs of improvement.

“It was a devastating terminal illness,” Dave police spokesman Lt Mark Leone said. “She was not going to get any better … It is such a tragic situation, a terrible situation.”

Family members said Angele had cancer in her femur, and was scheduled to get her leg amputated at the end of the month.

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Leone told Local10 that the shooting is currently being investigated as a murder-suicide. Authorities believe that Angela’s terminal illness inspired the slaying.

“While we were speaking to the mother, we were told that the child has a debilitating, terminal illness, which is a possibility for why this tragic incident occurred,” Leone told the station.

Leone referred to the father’s apparent murder-suicide as a “lose-lose situation.”

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