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Soldier Kills Peacemaker For Telling Him Not To Beat His Girlfriend

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Soldier Kills Peacemaker For Telling Him Not To Beat His Girlfriend

Emmanuel-Papa-EbonyiThe Late Emmanuel

Oct 14, 2012 – Soldier Kills Peacemaker For Telling Him Not To Beat His Girlfriend

Emmanuel Papa Ebonyi dreamt of a great future. A future where he would pass his examinations in flying colours, have a great job and support his siblings who had always been there for him. Unfortunately, all these dreams were terminated when a soldier snuffed life out of him just because he tried to be a Good Samaritan.

His sister Felicia Samuel Ebonyi tells the story in tears. “The unfortunate incident happened in the early hours of 9th August (2012). On that day, my brother, a Higher National Diploma I (HND I) student of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State met his untimely death in the hands of one Captain Olufela Doyin Erizia.”

Like so many other people, she just could not believe that it was true. So did it happen? you ask. “My brother was in the company of his friends and they visited Mate Bar Night Club, PZ Sabongari area of Zaria on the night of the previous day to celebrate the birthday of a friend. That was where he met Captain Olufela D. Erizia and his friends.”

Peace maker bears the brunt

Everything went well for a while. But suddenly there was a quarrel between Erizia and his girlfriend. Ebonyi intervened warning Erizia against fighting with his girlfriend. That unfortunately turned out to be a grievous offence in Erizia’s dictionary. Infuriated, he took the laws into his hands beating Ebonyi black and blue.

“He beat up my brother until he was half dead. Along the line his friends rescued him from the soldier and were trying to leave the premises in the vehicle in which they came, but he (Erizia) still chased them and was struggling with the driver of the vehicle. If Ebonyi had known the calamity that would befall him, he would not stop Erizia from fighting his girlfriend, but his sympathy for the womenfolk landed him in an unexpected grave.” Sadly, she continues her story: “When the incident happened, one of my brother’s friends called me on phone and asked me to come over. They took us to the barracks and I met another eye witness. It was not the soldier’s girlfriend, it was another girl. The girlfriend actually ran away and I have been trying to get her to come and tell her side of the story.”

What about her parents and the other siblings? How are they taking the news of her brother’s demise? “My parents are both late. I have four other siblings and they are all very sad about the development. He is the second to the last born in the family. We used to have an elder sister who died in 2007. She was ill and initially the ailment was diagnosed as typhoid. It was later discovered that it was hepatitis and her death was quite painful.”

Erizia was apprehended, taken for questioning and interrogations after which he was taken to the Area Command Police Station, Zaria. “However nothing has been heard ever since. We have been kept in the dark on this issue because not only did they refuse to hand over the man to the police authorities but also did not have courtesy to say a word. Sources at the barracks were even saying that he had been posted to another duty beat. It is on this basis that we are calling on the Military HQ, well-meaning Nigerians, human rights activists to see to this matter and make sure that Erizia is brought to book.”

According to Sadau Garba of the Kaduna Human Rights Association “The offence of the late Ebonyi was that he pleaded with Capt Erizia not to manhandle a lady he jerked up and molested. After mercilessly beating Ebonyi a friend, one Femi David, rushed him to Salama Hospital, Sabongari, Zaria and they directed that he should be taken to Shika Teaching Hospital due to the critical condition. It was on the way to Shika that Emmanuel gave up the ghost.”

He added that “the family members of the late Ebonyi have made several visits to the Kaduna State Police Command headquarters but the authorities of the Army Barracks Zaria, are not willing to release the said Captain Erizia to the police to investigate this inhuman, barbaric and dastardly act.”

We also spoke with DSP Aminu Lawal, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna and he confirmed the case saying investigation was in progress.

He also said, “The authorities of the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria could not ascertain if Ebonyi was a student of the institution.”

How is the culprit going to be brought to book is what the Ebonyi family is asking.(The Nation Reports)

Na wa o.

May Emmanuel’s soul rest in perfect peace



  1. Roy

    October 15, 2012 at 6:03 AM


  2. Chinenye Mbanefo

    October 15, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Poor boy. May his rest in peace Amen!

    • Anyanwu Uzodinma

      October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      People are watching,,Nigeria is now a lawless nation,where any body can do what the like nd go scout free ,God will judge.

  3. Ugonna Master

    October 15, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    dat soldier must be a psychopath.

  4. Prince Hubert

    October 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    If the young man is from a poor background, let the human right groups take over the case and bring the murderer to justice, otherwise he will kill more people. He has blood on his hands and can never go scotfree.

  5. Richard

    October 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Nigeria being one of the most corrupt nations on earth, the police and Judge will be compromised and the killer police soldier will go free. Police people kill and go free not to talk of a soldier.

  6. Olaoluwa victor

    October 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Frndz dat ad comented b4 now,pls stop askin questns dat cannot elp d situatn.All i wl advis evribdy is 2b carefu at all time,& pray b4 leavin home evriday.May GOD protect us o

  7. felicity Emmanuel

    October 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    God in heaven is watching, let them keep hiding him, a day will come where he will give account of his wikedness, his body wil be thrown out like dat of jezebel where dogs will leak his blood and eat his flesh. God is neva a lier, wiked soldier, may emma’s blood be upon you and your generation.

  8. Collins

    October 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    It’s very unfortunate, where were the security operatives of the night club? what is their job as a security operative? the management are to be hold responsible for his death.

  9. chuba

    October 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    nigeria has forget that EMMA can be general tomorrow,who is that solder,kill his family too that is what we are now in nigeria do me i do u,whatever it may cost.

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