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witness the last moments of his son dying in agony: “I left home with the assistance of my brother, Engr. Daniel, who provided transport fare for me and I arrived Abuja very late in the night. On arrival, I was told soldiers had beaten and seriously injured my son and he is on admission at the Gwagwalada Specialist hospital.
Witness the last moments of his son dying in agony: “I left home with the assistance of my brother, Engr. Daniel, who provided transport fare for me and I arrived Abuja very late in the night. On arrival, I was told soldiers had beaten and seriously injured my son and he is on admission at the Gwagwalada Specialist hospital. So in the morning, I went to the hospital and met my brother’s wife there. I saw my son, he didn’t talk, he wasn’t shaking his body, he was just starring at me. Then, he took a deep breathe”.
Confused and perplexed over the sight of his son, he asked his brother’s wife how the situation got to a point of danger. The response was that Due had been in that condition for the past two days.
Though the situation appeared hopeless, he prayed for divine intervention, but he was to realize shortly thereafter, that it was a belated wish. Recounting the last moments of his son, Ingyugh said amidst sobs, that after his prayer, the medical personnel requested for a pint of blood and other drugs required for surgery, which were promptly made available. But he became suspicious when the items were returned without being used.
Hear him: “After purchasing the items, they asked me to sign a form authorizing the surgery, which I did. Then, they wheeled him into the theatre.
They were there for some time, and returned the blood and other drugs to by brother’s wife. I suspected something, but whenever I attempted to go into the theatre, they pushed me out. I just sat there. By 5.pm, I asked my brother’s wife to go home.
I was there until another doctor came to take over duty. Not too long after he resumed, he asked who is Patrick Ingyugh, and I said I am the person. He asked for other people with me, I said they’ve gone, that I am alone. Then, he told me that my son is no longer alive. I was shocked. It was indeed, a traumatic experience”.
Though Ingyugh has accepted the reality that his son is gone forever, all he demands is justice, and nothing more. But he is worried that the death of his son may tow the path of what has become common with cases of military brutality, where the perpetrators of the act are dubbed ‘unknown soldiers’, and never apprehended to face the wrath of the law.
His fears are fuelled by reports that even though the identity of the Air Force officer who led the team of the alleged harbingers of death is known, the police have not been able to secure his release for interrogation from the military authorities. In the meantime, the proprietress of Liberty super stores where the incident occurred, is said to be cooling her heels in police custody, over the role allegedly played by one of her brothers in the circumstances that led to Due’s demise.
The suspect, according to sources, had disappeared after the incident. As at the time of filing this report, Amos Ikpi, a superintendent of police (SP) and divisional police officer in charge of the Karu police station could not be reached for comments on the issue, but a senior police officer who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident. He said the case has been transferred to the homicide unit in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the FCT police command for further investigation.
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