In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, September, 2020

So Unhappy! Soldier Tortured To Demise By Senior Officers Buried In Abuja (Picture)

So Sad! Soldier Tortured To Death By Senior Officers Buried In Abuja (Photo)

Lance Corporal Banjamin Collins buried after being tortured to death

Lance Corporal Banjamin Collins buried after being tortured to demise


A soldier, late Lance Corporal Benjamin Collins, who was tortured to demise by three senior officers on the Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, in 2017 has been buried by the Nigerian Military on Wednesday.


In line with Punch, Collins was buried with full navy honours on the Guards Brigade cemetery alongside Kubwa Expressway by troopers from the Military Headquarters Garrison Battalion.


The funeral was attended by his mom, Mrs Kate Dioma; uncle, Justice Daniel Isiagor of the Federal Excessive Courtroom; lawyer, Dr Johnson Oyewole; and representatives of the Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.


The nationwide flag was introduced to the deceased’s mom by Lt. Col. S. Shuaibu on behalf of the President Muhammadu Buhari.


Oyewole, who fought to make sure justice for the deceased, thanked the COAS and the Military Headquarters Garrison Battalion for approving the funeral.


A normal court docket martial had in February sentenced Majors Akeem Oseni and Ogbemudia Osawe, and Second Lieutenant Nuhu Dogary to 10 years’ imprisonment for torturing Collins to demise.


The officers had been discovered responsible of manslaughter by the GMC comprised of the President, Brig. Gen. G. Umelo; Brig. Gen. S. Aliyu; Brig. Gen, A. Edet; Brig. N. Mohammed; and Cols. Ok. Ndamadu, T. Agbor, and I. Tanko.


The convicts had been stated to have moved Collins from a guardroom at Mogadishu Barracks to a bush close to the Ihejirika Quarters alongside the Abuja-Nyanya Expressway, the place he was assaulted whereas in handcuffs and leg chains.

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Collins, who hailed from Rivers State, died after the assault, which happened on February 23, 2017, and his corpse was deposited in Asokoro Basic Hospital morgue.


After the incident, the officers reported to their superiors that Collins, who was held for over two years for travelling to Lagos to see his sick aunt with out official permission, had escaped from custody.

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