The Nigerian Army has said it is not true soldiers beat a man, Yusuf Haruna, to death at Mbanga, Taraba state. A newspaper report had said the deceased, on April 2, died from beatings he received from the soldiers deployed on special operations in the state.
“This allegation is misleading and untrue”, said Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, spokesperson for the Nigerian Army.
“The deceased was a notorious youth [and] known to be engaging in all forms of criminal activities”, the statement added.
“He was apprehended by troops deployed on Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA and while making efforts to hand him over to the police for questioning, he however escaped from custody.
“The soldiers were later informed that he died at the Family Health Care Hospital Mbanga”, the army said.
The army said the “deceased was not beaten nor tortured”.
“The deceased was said to be an epileptic patient according to a source from the Family Health Care Hospital Management.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to caution the media to always cross checked their fact before rushing to the press and be objective in their reportage of security related issues.”