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Bauchi police investigate death of MTN staffer, Benjamin Sule


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Bauchi State Police Command is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of a 41-year-old man identified as Benjamin Sule.

Until his death, Benjamin Sule, an indigene of Apa local government area of Benue State was a former staff of MTN office in Bauch State.

Tribune reports that late Benjamin left his house located at Rafin Makaranta area of Bauchi metropolis opposite the School of Armour, Nigerian Army on Sunday, July 1, 2018, to see some group of persons who allegedly called him to meet them at Gwallameji area and that was the last time he was seen alive.

According to Friday Sule, the victim’s elder brother who is a security guard at MTN office in Bauchi, he had been trying his brother’s mobile number for two days and there was no response, so he decided to check him at his residence, but unfortunately, he was told by his neighbors that he had not returned to the house for two days.

Friday Sule further said that the following day that was on a Wednesday, he laid a complaint at the Yelwa police division and later got a call from the Police in the evening of that same day that a dead body was found at a hill behind Gwallameji area and was asked to come and identify if it was his brother.

He said, “When I got to the police station, I was shown a picture of my brother’s corpse laid on a stone at the hill. Immediately I saw the picture, I recognized him and told the police he was the one that was missing for two days.”

It was gathered from one of his neighbours who pleaded anonymity that some persons called the deceased on his mobile phone earlier that Sunday to tell him to meet them at Gwallameji.

“On that Sunday evening, he told my elder sister that some persons called him to meet them at Gwallameji, that he was going to see them. He even collected her battery and put it in his phone because he had a low battery. He told her that he did not want the people to think he switched off his phone, that was why he borrowed my sister battery” She said.

While confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar said that on the 4th July 2018, the police attached to Yelwa Division received an information from good samaritans that they saw a dead body of an adult man lying down on top of a hill.

“On receiving the information, the police team rushed to the scene and removed the dead body to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching teaching hospital for an autopsy to ascertain the actual cause of his death. No mark of violence seen on his body” The PPRO said.

He said that the case under investigation and further development will be communicated to the press in due course.

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