The Nigerian Army has cleared air on the allegation by Christian’s mother, Mercy Ehima, saying soldiers at the Railway Checkpoint in Igbanke, Edo State, never assaulted her child.
Recall that NewsBreak reported how a mother alleged that her son was tortured to death by soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
The Nigerian Army cleared the air in an official statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, on Saturday.
Nwachukwu also released video and audio evidence of the encounter between Christian, his mother and the soldiers.
Statement read: “While the NA sympathises with the family of the late Christian over this unfortunate incident, it is instructive to put the records in proper perspective, contrary to the misgivings peddled on social media.
“Incontrovertible evidence indicates that Christian Ehima wandered into a military checkpoint at Wire – Ake in Edo State on the 10 December 2021, without his clothes on, and was halted by soldiers on duty. He was interrogated but could not say anything meaningful on where he was coming from or heading. His behaviour was rather weird and indicative of one who was obviously under some sort of influence.
“The Guard Commander, who observed his abnormal behaviour immediately requested his phone in an effort to contact any of his relations, friends or associates. Shortly afterwards, a call came through to his phone and the caller identified herself as his mother. The soldier invited her to pick up her son, who was still very agitated and unstable.
“Subsequently, the woman arrived the scene and identified herself as his mother and a police officer. She was briefed about her son’s observed abnormal behaviour. In her conversation with the soldiers, she attributed her son’s weird behaviour to the influence of alcohol. The soldiers, however, maintained that whatever was responsible for Christian’s behaviour at that time was way beyond alcoholism. On sighting his mother, his behaviour aggravated. Thereafter, some passersby were mobilised to help her take him to the hospital.
“It is also important to state that the incident was recorded both on video and audio, showing the behaviour of Christian Ehima and his mother commending the soldiers for their kind intervention. The evidence, including audio recordings of the police officer and her son, are attached.