Imo government investigates student punished to death by Nigerian soldiers

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Imo government investigates student punished to death by Nigerian soldiers
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The Imo State government has launched investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 15-year old student of Army Day Secondary School Obinze, Miss Queendalin Ekezie.

Her death was reportedly caused by a soldier attached to the 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, Imo State for coming late to school.

The State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Gertrude Oduka said that the government was on the matter as they would not be in a hurry to conclude on the incident, promising to bring the killer soldier to justice.

She disclosed that some senior staff in her Ministry had been sent to inquire about the cause of the incident.

“We have launched investigation into the matter, the matter is so sensitive that we would not like to be in a hurry to issue any statement, but we have dispatched senior staff to find out what has happened”, Oduka said.

But the father of the victim, Mr Hyginus Ekezie, said that his family has decided to let the matter be.

Ekezie who spoke to Punch at the family residence in Ama Oso, Umuagwo in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State , said that he decided to forgive the killer of his daughter after due deliberations with his kinsmen.

“There is no point talking about this issue again, we have decided to allow peace to reign, we have forgiven anybody who might be involved in the death of our daughter, God knows best.

“I sat with my kinsmen and they told me to forget all that have happened,” Ekezie said.

He disclosed that a delegation of the Army had already visited his family to pay their condolence.

Source reports that the deceased student, Queendalin, who got to school late on that fateful day, was asked by a soldier to “frog jump” until she got exhausted and passed out.

Delight Aguocha , Queendalin’s friend who witnessed the incident narrated that the deceased collapsed and died after third round of ‘frog jump’.

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