Soldiers Allegedly Torture Hotel Manager to Death in Top Southeast State, DHQ Reacts

Soldiers Allegedly Torture Hotel Manager to Death in Top Southeast State, DHQ Reacts

  • The Nigerian military has reacted to reports that it's men were responsible for the murder of a hotel manager in the southeast state
  • The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), in a statement on Sunday by Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, disclosed that the unfortunate incident is being investigated
  • Some soldiers allegedly killed one of the section managers of Hotel Royal Damgrete, Umuahia, Abia state where a Nigerian Air Force cadet reportedly drowned in the swimming pool journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

Abia state, Umuahia - The Defence Headquarters said it has launched a probe of military personnel who interrogated four hotel staff where a cadet of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) died.

Nigerian military reacts to NAF cadet’s death in Abia hotel pool
Military reacts as NAF cadet dies in Abia hotel pool. Brigadier General Tukur Gusau said an investigation is ongoing on the matter. Photo credit: @TukurGusauDDI
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What really happened at Umuahia hotel?

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On Saturday, April 13, SaharaReporters confirmed that the cadet allegedly drowned at Damgrete hotel swimming facility, Umuahia, Abia state, on Tuesday, April 9.

The manager, Achimugu James Etubi who hailed from Kogi state, was the head of the food and beverage department of the hotel located on Factory Road.

He was reportedly tortured to death by the soldiers on Friday morning at the military barracks.

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In response to recent allegations of torture leading to the death of the hotel manager in Umuahia, the Nigerian military has issued a statement on the incident and noted that an investigation is ongoing on the matter, The Nation reported.

The director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Tukur Gusau, said in a statement on Sunday, April 14, that after the death of the cadet, troops of Operation UDO KA in Abia state invited four staff of the hotel for interrogation to “ascertain the actual cause of his death.”

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According to him, after questioning, the staff were released to go.

He said:

“While it is heartbreaking and unfortunate to hear about the news of the demise of one of the staff, Operation UDO KA as a professional military organisation that operates within the ambit of the laws, has arrested all personnel involved in the interrogation process and preliminary investigation ongoing to ascertain the actual cause of death of the said hotel staff.”

DHQ shares details of how many terrorists were killed, arrested in 1 week

In another development, reported the Nigeria Defence Headquarters in Abuja said 188 terrorists were killed and 330 arrested by soldiers across the northern parts in the last week.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba on Friday, April 12.

Buba added that troops also rescued 133 kidnapped persons across the country within the period under review.


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