Saturday, 25 August 2018

18-YEAR-OLD BEATEN TO DEATH BY SOLDIERS ON ACCOUNT OF STOLEN PHONE

Just after being allegedly tortured by soldiers attached to the Special Force, Sector 7, Sha District, an 18-year-old Amadu Atajan, a secondary school leaver has lost his life to the internal injuries he sustained during the assault.


The victim was assaulted on the account of his friend who reported a case of a stolen phone to the men sometime last week.

It was gathered that Atajan had attended the friend’s secondary school graduation in July during which he collected his Android phone to take pictures.

While the fun went on, another friend of the host was said to have collected the phone from Atajan under false pretences of using it to take pictures.

The friend allegedly left the event surreptitiously with the phone while efforts to locate him proved abortive.

Our correspondent learnt that Atajan pleaded with his friend to give him time so he could raise funds to buy another phone.

A native of the community, John Akans, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on the telephone on Thursday, said Atajan’s friend agreed to the plea, but made a U-turn last week and reported the case to the soldiers.

He stated that the soldiers took the 18-year-old to their base and beat him up until he went into a coma.

Akans, who posted the picture of the victim on Facebook while he was on a stretcher, said he was rushed to the general hospital in the neighbourhood.


When contacted on the incident, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said he was on an official assignment in Borno State and directed our correspondent to the acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim.

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