100-level Police Cadet Dies in Academy

A 100-level course 9 police cadet, identified as Suleiman Jika, has reportedly died at the Nigerian Police Academy Wudil, Kano state after he was allegedly starved for over two weeks.

Jika, 19, who hailed from Adamawa State, and was in the Department of Computer Science, reportedly collapsed inside the toilet in the early hours of Saturday, September 2, 2023.

According to Punch, some of the cadets accused the Commandant, Assistant Inspector-General, Sadiq Abubakar, of ‘’high-handedness and financial mismanagement of feeding allowance meant for the students.”

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A cadet, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the victim was rushed to the academy’s clinic.

He was left untreated because there are no drugs and no medical officer to attend to him in the unconducive environment, before he gave up and died,” the source added.

A cadet, who also asked not to be identified, said there was usually high traffic of sickly cadets at the unequipped clinic on a daily basis.

Since the new commandant assumed office, they’ve been providing very bad and inadequate food for us. The boy that died was not up to 20 years old. The boy wouldn’t have died if they’d attended to him. The commandant also ordered the closure of the market and laundry and approved undeserved training exercises during lecture hours,” the cadet said.

“Cadets collapse daily here during training due to fatigue, because it’s either they’re starved, malnourished, or both. We’re usually threatened by the commandant and forced to engage in unwarranted training exercises. Also, many cadets have been dismissed on the basis that they fell sick; that’s why many are trying to manage themselves to avoid expulsion from the academy.”

Also, staff members who spoke to the publication complained about the monthly feeding allowance of the academy and how part of the money was usually diverted into private pockets by some top officials.

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