SAD REPORTS; NDA Cadet, ‘brutalised’ To DEATH A Day After Arrival

Physinews: A fresh Cadet of Nigeria Defence Academy,
NDA, Kaduna in Nigeria, James Didam Bulus, has died of
alleged brutalisation from senior cadets, 24
hours after he finished registration and reported
to hostel.


Sources informed Saturday Vanguard in
Kaduna that people wept uncontrollably at the
funeral of the 18 year-old James, with
registration number NDA/ 11537, at the Military
Cemetery, on Whaff Road, Kaduna, on Thursday
while a contingent of Nigeria Army buried the
late cadet with full military honour, even though
he had served his country for only 24 hours.

Brigadier General, MG Kangye, Cadets
Commandant of the school, handed over the
Nigeria National Flag, a pair of army boot and
army ceremonial cap to the mourning father of
the deceased, Mr Didam Joshua, as women
cried uncontrollably in the fenced cemetery.

Relations of the deceased cadet were too
distraught to speak to our correspondent, but a
close family friend of Joshua said he was
beaten to death on his “introductory” night.

He said: “He arrived NDA on Saturday, 3rd
September, 2016 and on Monday, 5th
September; I was told that he was dead. It was
my friend that drove his son to the gate of old
NDA and they parted ways happily. But, I was
told that he died on Sunday after he did not
survive what I was told was ‘introduction’
beatings from his seniors. At the mortuary, you
could see stitches on his head and he had
bruises on other parts of the body.

The NDA
said that he died of stomach pain and that
before he could be taken to the hospital, he
died on the way.

“I asked ‘how can such a brilliant, young boy
who was very eager, proud and happy to serve
his country get killed just a day when he
reported to start what we all thought will be a
brilliant military career?

“How can a healthy, smart boy who was never
a trouble maker have such wounds on his
body, and someone is saying he had stomach
problem? God knows the best. But it will be
difficult for my friend (Joshua) to pull through
this agony, especially his wife, “, he said.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer,
PRO, of NDA, Captain Musa Yahaya, said that
James, who hails from Kaduna municipality,
had an accident on the day he was to report
and came to NDA with injuries.

He said: “It was when the new cadets were
queuing to receive their kits that Cadet Didam
slumped. He was immediately rushed to the
clinic and was given the best of medical
attention. When the doctors examined him,
they found out that he had internal bleeding.

He had earlier confided to one of his colleagues
that he had an accident on his way to NDA. But
that he was afraid to tell the authority so that
they would not reject him. He was never
brutalized. It was an accident that he had. That
was what the autopsy confirmed. He died on
Monday.”

RIP TO THE DEAD PHYSINEWS MOURNS