Shocking revelations have surfaced regarding the untimely death of Nigerian Army Captain Alphonsus Alexander Kalthy Bazza, who was discovered dead in a bush in Akwa Ibom State. Initial reports suggested suicide, but notes left by the captain reveal a strained relationship with his commanding officer.
Captain Bazza’s lifeless body was found at the 2 Brigade Step-Up Headquarters for Exercise STILL WATERS III in Essien Udim Local Government of Akwa Ibom. The family expressed suspicion about his death, leading to an ongoing investigation by army authorities.
Notes left by Captain Bazza shed light on a complex relationship with his commanding officer at the army base. In one of the handwritten notes, he mentioned a dispute over funds allocated for the last general elections, where his superior insisted on sending his share to his wife.
The notes also detailed grievances, including biased treatment, accusations of dishonesty, and insults by his commanding officer. Captain Bazza highlighted instances where he sought permission to attend to personal matters, such as burying his son, and faced resistance from the commanding officer.
“My encounter with co- Lt Col NY Suleiman Baburka; 1 Never Knew him before now. 2. I First met him in 7615 Roon when he reported as my Co. 3. He started acting biased and was telling me how my uncle- Maj. Gen. EA Anaryw tasked him to put an eye on me. In which armies of the world is that done?
“4. He always called me a liar & didn’t trust me – I don’t expect his trust & I am a Junior Colleague of his; I deserve to be treated with dignity. 5. He calls me a drunk. 6. I applied for a Pass to enable me to Process my late mother’s death benefit. My Co opined that there was a ban on leave and passes; after I spoke to the Command, he insisted that I Present him with the Chat btw myself & the Command,” Some of the notes as transcribed by SaharaReporters read.
The notes added: “7. I lost my Son & demanded to go & bury my child. He went further to say I was a liar & later approved Six (6) days for me. 8. When funds for election were given by the Comd, he held to my own and insisted he was going to send mine to my wife. Who does that?
“9. I met my co on the 20th March 2023 to permit me to go to my house in Jummy’s court to enable me to have a change of Camouflage because the one on me was too dirty; he Permitted me and did not give me a specific timing. I came back after 3 hours of organizing myself, only for my Co to issue me three days extra duty.
“10. Whenever he speaks to me in his office, he raises his voice and always asks me to get out of his office. He calls me a wounded liar in front of Soldiers. I expect, as my superior, to let him mentor me and not me constantly insulting my post.”
The notes concluded with a plea for fair treatment and mentorship from his superior rather than constant insults. The revelations have added a layer of complexity to the circumstances surrounding Captain Bazza’s tragic demise.
Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the full details of the events leading up to his death.