•Appeals to Buratai, public for help
One Mr. Emmanuel Madubuezi has threatened to take his own life for allegedly been denied justice for three years after losing his leg to a stray bullet shot by a personnel of the Nigerian Army, Corporal Augustine Jacob.
Madubuezi who took to social media to recount his ordeal lamented that he was left to bear the burden alone without any form of compensation from the army, while the officer who shot him has since returned to work.
“I was hit by a stray bullet from a reckless military officer that was on duty with he’s team mates and superior, after which they disappeared into thin air, My lawyer wrote a petition letter to chief of army staff in 2017.
“They made their investigations and arrested the soldier ,they court marshalled him and sent him back to work ,leaving i and my mom to our suffer without any form of compensations or support of any form.
“I spent 5 months in the hospital ,we borrowed money to pay up hospital bills.
“Its been 3years and counting ,i wake up each day questioning my creator ,wake up each day with tears in my eyes ,wake up each day wishing i never left for school on that faithful day,wake up each day depressed with suicidal thoughts . This is not my plans for my future self.
“If you all wake up tomorrow and read about my suicidal notes ,i want you all to know that i tried getting justice for my left limb and i tried accepting the new me but it never worked out i am using this medium to call on all well meaning nigerians to pls come my aid before I do something stupid”, he cried.
He said his lawyer wrote a petition to the Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai in 2017, but only got a reply three years later
But the Nigerian Army in a response letter sighted by Global Sentinel and signed by Brig-Gen. AE Aladeniyi on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, said it cannot be “vicariously liable” for the actions of its personnel, explaining that he acted on a frolic of his own.
In the letter dated 2nd January 2020, Army said investigation into the case revealed that Corporal Augustine Jacob and 11 soldiers were deployed to Stalling Oil Company to provide protection for the property and premises.
“On the day of the incident, One Mr Amadi illegally procured the services of the corporal and four other soldiers to settle a fracas at his Bet9ja shop at Big Tree Market in Port Harcourt. On arrival at the Bet9ja office, the corporal went upstairs while the other soldiers remained downstairs and it was at this point that a bullet was released from one of the soldiers downstairs.
“Furthermore, investigation revealed that the action of the soldier ‘ who mistakenly pulled the trigger resulted into the shooting of Mr Emmanuel. Additionally, that he was taken to Life Fort Hospital but could not be admitted due to limited bed space and then to Braitheweite and Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital before his leg was amputated at Holy Trinity Hospital on the 25 September 2017.
“It is imperative to point out that the soldiers conduct was highly unprofessional but they were acting on a frolic of their own. They were detailed to Stalling Oil Coy and not the 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”, the letter read.
The Army however noted that the offence is criminal in nature as it involves the soldier and the state for which he has been accordingly charged and tge outcome of the trial will be communicated to the victim.