John Charles, Makurdi
A soldier, Corporal Bashir, serving with 72 Battalion, Makurdi, Benue State, has been accused of sodomising a 15-year-old boy, James Usar.
Usar, a mechanic apprentice, lives in the Yagba area of North Bank, a suburb of Makurdi.
According to the youth leader in the area, Raymond Asema, Usar has been working on the soldier’s vehicle for some time before the incident.
It was gathered that the soldier had lodged at a hotel in the area, White House Hotel, and had asked the boy to come to his hotel room and helped him wash some clothes.
The youth leader said, “He deliberately delayed the boy in his hotel room until he slept off. Around 2am, he sodomised the boy.
“The following day, the soldier sent the boy away, only for the corporal to later mobilise other soldiers to arrest the boy, accusing him of stealing N200,000. He was taken to the barracks where he was beaten up.”
The 72 Battalion army spokesman, Captain Ohegbe, said, “We received a complaint concerning the soldier, but he has been deployed in Makurdi
“We have to forward the complaint to his present place of assignment in the North-East. We will inform you of the outcome.” (Punchng.com)