The death of a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officer, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, Ogah Jumbo, during a violent encounter with two traffic wardens in Nyanya, Abuja, on March 19, 2019, was as a result of blunt blows to his head.
An autopsy carried out on his remains at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja, indicated that the 41-year-old also suffered multiple skin and soft tissue injuries and cerebral edema.
Cerebral edema is the excess accumulation of water in the intra or extracellular spaces of the brain during which damaged cells swell, injured blood vessels leak and blocked absorption pathways force fluid to enter the brain tissues.
The post-mortem, which was conducted by Senior Consultant Anatomic Pathologists, Asokoro District Hospital, Dr K. Ezike and Dr I. Okwudire-Ejeh, assisted by Dr Abdulkareem, revealed that there was a bruise on the deceased’s forehead above the right eyebrow, measuring 2.5 x 1cm.
The autopsy report obtained by PUNCH Metro in Abuja on Monday, stated that there was also a bruise on the lateral aspect of the skin of the left eye socket, 1.5cm below the left eye and measuring 1.5 x 0.5cm.
Ada, the widow of the deceased, who witnessed the altercation between Ogah and the traffic wardens, had said that her husband was dragged on the ground by the traffic wardens till he died.
She stated that he was beaten with batons and sustained broken fingernails and bruises on his toes during the encounter.
The autopsy report stated, “Multiple skin and soft tissue injuries are observed as follows: Bruise on the right forehead, 1cm above the lateral aspect of the right eyebrow measuring 2.5 x 1cm; bruise on the lateral aspect of the skin of the left eye socket, 1.5cm below the left eye and measuring 1.5 x 0.5cm.
“Bruise on the central portion of the right knee cap, measuring 2 x 1.5cm; bruise on the right leg, 4cm below the knee cap and measuring 2 x 1.5cm; two bruises next to each other (above and below), just beneath the left knee cap, measuring 1.5 x 1.2cm and 1.5 x 1.5cm, respectively; and bruise on the tip of the right big toe, measuring 1.5 x 0.5cm.
“Sections from the brain show congestion of vascular channels and foci of perivascular halos, features consistent with cerebral edema. Final anatomical diagnoses: Multiple skin and soft tissue injuries, blunt force injury to the head and cerebral edema.”
The report added that the victim’s right lung upper lobe, left lung lower lobe, right and left adrenal gland were retained for further examination.
Also kept for histology were the right and left kidneys, spleen, liver and brain.
A group, Joint Civil Society Action Against Extra-judicial Killings, however, insisted on the setting up of a commission of inquiry to investigate all cases of extra-judicial killings by police personnel across the country.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, the Convener of the group, Paul Edeh, asked the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to mete out commensurate sanctions based on the report of the commission of inquiry as well as prosecute any police officer found culpable in the killing of innocent Nigerians to serve as a deterrent to others.
The lawyer also demanded the prosecution of the Nyanya Divisional Police Officer, Igbekele Ogunfemi, and his men for alleged involvement in Ogah’s death.
He said, “We demand that the Nigeria Police Force tenders an unreserved apology for the false information presented by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, at his press conference of March 21, 2019.
“We also demand that the acting Inspector-General of Police immediately pays a condolence visit to the widow of Ogah Jumbo to commiserate with her over the brutal killing of her husband.”
Somali Jihadists Kill Three Americans in Attack on Kenya Military Base
Jihadists from Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group on Sunday stormed a military base used by US forces in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region, killing three American citizens and destroying several aircraft and military vehicles, officials said.
Attackers breached heavy security at Camp Simba at dawn but were pushed back and four jihadists killed, said army spokesman Colonel Paul Njuguna.
The American military, however, said three US citizens died in the attack including a service member and two civilian defence contractors.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives today,” General Stephen Townsend, the head of US Africa Command (Africom), said in a statement.
Two other US Department of Defence personnel were wounded, the statement added, without giving further details.
Al-Shabaab has launched regular cross-border raids since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011 as part of an African Union force protecting the internationally backed government — which the jihadists have been trying to overthrow for more than a decade.
The Lamu region, which includes popular tourist beach destination Lamu Island, lies close to the Somali frontier and has suffered frequent attacks, often carried out with roadside bombs.
Njuguna said “an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Air Strip” at 5:30 am but it was repulsed.
“Four terrorists’ bodies have so far been found. The airstrip is safe,” he said, adding that a fire had broken out but had since been dealt with.
Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said officers were “on high alert” after the attack.
An internal police report seen by AFP said two Cessna aircraft, two American helicopters and “multiple American vehicles” were destroyed at the airstrip.
Local government official Irungu Macharia said five people had been arrested near the camp and were being interrogated.
Shabaab claimed to have killed 17 Americans and nine Kenyan soldiers after the attack.
The nearby civilian airport at Manda Bay, which brings tourists visiting Lamu Island — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — was closed for several hours after the incident, according to the civil aviation authority.
Al-Shabaab said in a statement it had “successfully stormed the heavily fortified military base and have now taken effective control of part of the base”.
AFRICOM accused Al-Shabaab of lying in order to create false headlines.
Shabaab countered with a second statement, saying it had been a 10-hour firefight and mocking the US “inability to fend off an attack by just a handful of steadfast Muslim men”.
The group referred to an uptick in US military airstrikes under President Donald Trump, accusing the US of “strafing villages from above and indiscriminately bombarding innocent women and children.”
AFRICOM said in April it had killed more than 800 people in 110 strikes in Somalia since April 2017.
US military network
The Somali jihadists have staged several large-scale attacks inside Kenya in retaliation for Nairobi sending troops into Somalia as well as to target foreign interests.
The group has been fighting to overthrow an internationally-backed government in Mogadishu since 2006, staging regular attacks on government buildings, hotels, security checkpoints and military bases in the country
Despite years of costly efforts to fight Al-Shabaab, the group on December 28 managed to detonate a vehicle packed with explosives in Mogadishu, killing 81 people.
The spate of attacks highlights the group’s resilience and capacity to inflict mass casualties at home and in the region, despite losing control of major urban areas in Somalia.
In a November report, a UN panel of experts on Somalia noted an “unprecedented number” of homemade bombs and other attacks across the Kenya-Somalia border in June and July last year.
On Thursday, at least three people were killed when suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen ambushed a bus travelling in the area.
According to the Institute for Security Studies, the United States has 34 known military bases in Africa, from where it conducts “drone operations, training, military exercises, direct action and humanitarian activities”.