Nigerian soldier kills self after alleged false accusation of phone theft

Nigerian soldier kills self after alleged false accusation of phone theft

- A Nigerian soldier has reportedly killed himself over alleged false accusation of phone theft

- Identified as Victor Ojeamiran, the deceased was reportedly punished openly by a superior who accused him of stealing his phone

- Ojeamiran in a note he left for his colleagues said he could not bear the disgrace of the video of him being publicly punished for an offence he did not commit

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Tragedy struck on Thursday, September 17, as a Nigerian soldier in the frontline of the anti-Boko Haram fight committed suicide.

Premium Times reported that the soldier, identified as Lance Corporal Victor Ojeamiran, killed himself as a result of being falsely accused of phone theft and punished publicly by his superior.

The newspaper citing statements for the late soldier's colleagues said he was attached to the Nigerian Army 27 Task Force Brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba local government area of Yobe state.

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Nigerian soldier kills self after alleged false accusation of phone theft
Photo of Nigerian soldiers used to illustrate story. Photo source: The Guardian
Source: UGC gathers that the 27 Task Force is one of those fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the northern part of the country.

According to the sources who pleaded anonymity, Ojeamiran reportedly shot himself after he personally submitted a note to his platoon sergeant for delivery to his superior officer in the Task Force.

In the note, the late soldier reportedly protested the accusation against him and tried to defend himself and prove his innocence.

Further details indicate that the deceased had bought a used phone in Damaturu which happened to be a stolen phone and coincidentally belonged to a senior army officer in the state capital.

The officer tracked the phone and found it with the soldier while he was about to return to his formation in Buni Gari, after buying the phone.

The officer allegedly punished the soldier in public, while residents of the area shot videos of the punishment and later posted it on some social media platforms.

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Ojeamiran could not bear the disgrace from the video of him being publicly punished for an alleged false accusation and decided to take his life after he returned to base by shooting himself on the head.

He reportedly told his colleagues that he did not know what to tell his wife and children about the video, and how he was disgraced publicly despite his innocence.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Sagir Musa, said he is yet to be briefed on the development, Premium Times reported.

The newspaper, however, stated that it has sighted an internal memo confirming the incident.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a Nigerian Army colonel, D.C Bako, was killed during a Boko Haram ambush.

Colonel Bako’s death was disclosed by the Force, in a communique issued on the night of Monday, September 21.

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They further revealed that Bako always led from the front and was a patriotic Nigerian who led a patrol to clear Boko Haram terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa.

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