A 42-year-old vice principal of Joboli Fulani secondary school, Arabi Ahmed has been killed after a military vehicle on patrol hit him last Friday in Yola, the Adamawa State Capital.
A close friend of Arabi, Bobboi Iliyasu in a phone chat with FOMBINATIMES reporter, said the incident happened last Friday at NEPA neighborhood in Jimeta-Yola.
Iliyasu said he spoke with the deceased vice-principal at about 9:00 pm on the fateful Friday, noting that the deceased teacher even promised to call him back later only to be told of his death.
“I spoke with the dead vice-principal at about 9:00pm on that fateful Friday and he even promised to call me later.
” At about 10:00pm, same night, I received a call from my friend’s phone number but when I picked the call, a strange voice enquired whether I know the owner, after I answered the question in the affirmative, he told me to come to the specialist hospital because my friend was involved in an accident.
” When we arrived at the hospital, we were told that he has died having suffered fatal head concussion as a result of the accident.
“We the friends and relatives of the dead vice principal are disturbed that instead of the soldiers to show concern for the dead man and his family, they are busy pleading with us to talk to the police so that their vehicle could be released.
“The man died and left behind his father, mother, two wives and eight children but the soldiers did not show concern about these people but only their patrol vehicle,” he said.
When contacted, the image-maker of the Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed the incident adding that the driver of the patrol van, as well as the vehicle, are in police custody.
“On learning about the accident, the commissioner of police directed the MTD to take control of the investigation.
“We are doing a thorough investigation on the incident after which we shall present the outcome to the military authorities for further action,” Nguroje said.