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Torture by soldiers: Lagbaja orders probe of hotel manager’s death

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, on Sunday, ordered a probe into the death of a hotel manager in Abia State, Achimugu James Etubi.

Some soldiers of the Nigerian Army had allegedly brutally tortured Etubi, resulting in his death.

The incident followed the drowning of a Nigerian Air Force cadet, Emmanuel Onyemereche, in the hotel’s swimming pool.

Director, Army Public Relations, Maj. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Sunday, said the military was concerned about the allegations reported in the news against its men.

Nwachukwu added that following the unfortunate development, the Chief of Army Staff directed an investigation into the incident to unravel the circumstances surrounding the hotel Manager’s death.

The statement read, “The Nigerian Army is deeply concerned by the alleged unprofessional conduct of some of its personnel in the tragic death of a hotel manager in Umuahia, Abia State, as reported in some online media.

“In response to this unfortunate incident, the Chief of Army Staff has promptly ordered a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the facts and bring to book, anyone found culpable.”

The Army spokesperson, who expressed condolences to the families of the deceased, assured them that justice would be served in the matter.

The statement further stated, “The NA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased Manager Achimugu Etubi and the Nigerian Air Force Officer Cadet Emmanuel Onyemereche and assure the public that every effort will be made to ensure that justice is served.

“The Army is committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and discipline, and therefore any personnel found culpable of wrongdoing will face appropriate legal sanctions.

“The Nigerian Army is resolute in its pursuit of truth and justice, and we will keep the public informed about the investigation.”

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