Chai! Rather unfortunate. After days of searching for Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, the Nigerian Army has announced that the said Colonel has been found dead. His corpse was reportedly found at about 6.00pm on March 29th by three children who went to pluck cashew from a bush opposite Ajyaita Village in Kakau District of Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
The children had set out for the forest opposite the village in the morning that day and met the decomposing body by a narrow footpath leading to the forest. The children then ran back home immediately to reveal the unpleasant information to a farmer who they earlier met on their way to the forest. The man was planting yam seedlings on a farm. After hearing the children’s story, he rushed to the spot to confirm it, and he, in turn, ran to inform the village head.
The village head then informed the police authorities who deployed some policemen to accompany him to the spot. The police then called the army authorities who came to inspect the corpse. With that the morbid chain of information ended and it was confirmed that the body was indeed that of Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was kidnapped a few days earlier.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman later announced his death in a statement. According to him, a preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors. This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State.
“Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. May His soul rest in peace, Amen.
“We wish to state in unmistakeable terms that whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.
UPDATE: The colonel was buried on March 3oth at the Ribadu Cantonment, Old Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) site in Kaduna according to Islamic rites.
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