The Nigerian military is trying to unravel the mysterious death of one its young officers, Lieutenant Commander Solomon Franklin Darakumo at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State in North West Nigeria.
A junior Naval Officer, Darakumo was found dead on Sunday morning, May 12, 2019, in his room which was locked from outside raising the suspicion of murder.
According to military sources who informed Global Sentinel of the incident on Monday, the officer whose “body was discovered in his room at Sep 26 block this morning, 12 May 19”, was to embark on Africa tour of duty with other members of his team same day.
But things started to unravel when the absence of the Rivers State born officer was noticed and his room was visited where a padlock was found from outside, indicating that there was no one in the room.
However, “the padlock was broken and the officer’s body was found in the room with a stone by the side and in a pool of blood, suggesting that he was possibly murdered”.
As at the time he was found, the body had also started decomposing, suggesting that the deadly incidence happened anytime from Friday, May 10, 2019.
Sources confirmed that the “College is still proceeding on the study tour, but a Colonel who is the Acting Commandant is on ground to handle the situation”.
The military authorities are yet to officially respond but investigations are ongoing, according to sources.
The AFCSC Spokesperson, Maj. Umar Shuaib is yet to respond to inquiries including calls and messages.
But in an incidence and situation report (SITREP) from his Sector Commander, Captain UB Mohammed and sighted by Global Sentinel, the deceased was part of the students scheduled to proceed on African tour on Monday only to be found dead.
According to Mohammed’s SITREP: ” As at 7.30 am May 12, 2019, students scheduled to go on African tour today. During the muster parade one officer was absent and it was discovered that the officer was Lt Cdr SF Darakumo. His course mates went to check his room No. E17 and he was found lying dead
“Bruises were observed on his shoulder as such it is suspected that he was killed.”
He said that “own medical team” are on ground as well those from Division 1 Nigerian Army, Kaduna are trying to ascertain the circumstances that led to his death.
He further assured that troops are on “red alert” with troops morale and combat efficiency remains high and satisfactory.
The late officer was a member of the 53rd Regular Course and hails from Rivers State. He was also a specialist in Weapon Engineering.
His death has also rattled some of his colleagues who are demanding for investigation.
Some have also highlighted the need for technology like CCTV in Jaji as a whole in order to detect, disrupt and prevent crimes.