NIGERIAN ARMY RESPONDS TO CAPTAIN'S DEATH IN AKWA IBOM, CALLS FOR CAUTION IN REPORTING
The Headquarters of the 6th Division, Nigerian Army, has responded to media reports surrounding the tragic death of Lieutenant Alphonsus Alexander Kalthy Bazza. The late officer, deployed for Exercise STILL WATERS III at Essien Udim Local Government in Akwa Ibom State, was discovered lifeless after being absent from duty on November 11, 2023.
In a statement released on 14th November 2023, it stated, "The attention of Headquarters, 6 Division, Nigerian Army (NA), has been drawn to a publication making the rounds in the media over the unfortunate demise of Lieutenant Alphonsus Alexander Kalthy Bazza. The late officer died while deployed on duty at the 2 Brigade Step-Up Headquarters for Exercise STILL WATERS III at Essien Udim Local Government of Akwa Ibom State.
For the records, on 11 November 2023, the officer was not seen at the Step-up Headquarters; all efforts to reach him proved abortive. Hence, a search was launched in the general area, and his lifeless body was discovered.
The Division sympathizes with the deceased officer's family over his unfortunate demise and wishes to call on the media to refrain from publishing narratives suggestive of complicity in his unfortunate demise. The NA remains a professional organization that places a high premium on the welfare of its troops and would not take the demise of any of its personnel in any controversial circumstance for granted. While not joining issues with the media houses propagating this misinformation, it is important to state that there are regimental precepts through which such occurrences are handled in the NA.
The Division wishes to inform the general public that the issue is being thoroughly investigated, and the public will be duly informed of the outcome of the investigation."