UNILAG Student Dies At Nigerian Defence Academy – 24 Hours After Resuming Training
A 20-year-old student of Economics at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Damilare Taiwo, was said to have slumped and died on Tuesday, barely a day after he resumed for training at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State.
Taiwo, a native of Ile-Ife, Osun State, who had always wished to be an accomplished army officer, was said to have slumped and died during a training session. The army authorities revealed this.
But his family members are saying that they believe their son was beaten to death during a ‘welcome home’ tradition at the camp as circumstances surrounding his death aroused suspicion.
Speaking with The Punch, the deceased’s father, Mr. Taiwo Oyedele, said his death came to the family as a rude shock.
The father recalled, “He finished his secondary school education in 2014 and gained admission to UNILAG the same year to study Economics. He was just 20 years old. He just completed his project.
“When he wanted to leave for Kaduna that Saturday, I advised him to be a good ambassador of the family and prayed for him. He was an easy-going child. He had always wanted to be a soldier.
“In one of his pictures on Facebook, he edited the image of the late Gen. Murtala Muhammed in the N20 note and replaced it with his picture. That is to tell you the passion he had for the Force and how far he wanted to go.
“He had been showing interest in the army since 2011 when he was 13. It is so unfortunate that he could not accomplish his mission.
“The army sent some officers to us last Thursday to tell us about his death. They told us that he collapsed during a training session on Tuesday (August 28).”
In her reaction, the boy’s mother mournfully said, “Won ti kan mi leyin okan (They have broken my canine).
She further said she learnt her son was beaten to death whereas the army told us he fell and died.
“I don’t want my son to die in vain. The military said he would be buried in Kaduna, but I don’t want my son to be buried there. They should bring his corpse to Lagos.”