Baby in critical condition after soldier’s pit-bull dog attack at Mambilla barrack Abuja

A 13-month-old baby, Michael Duniya, is currently battling to stay alive after being almost mauled to death by a pitbull at Mambilla Barracks, Abuja.

The PUNCH Newspaper which visited the barracks on Wednesday reports that the incident occurred on Tuesday around 7.30am.

The black dog, believed to be a pitbull, was said to have broken free from its cage and wandered off into the block where little Michael was playing with his four-year-old brother.

Upon seeing the dog, his older brother immediately fled into the house but Michael was not quick enough as the dog pounced on him.

The dog subsequently grabbed him by the head and pulled him about 30 metres away and began to bite him repeatedly.

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said she quickly raised the alarm.

She said, “I was by my balcony when I saw the dog grab Michael by the head. The dog bit his ear and tore off his scalp, exposing his brain.

“Incidentally, Michael did not scream as his blood littered everywhere. About four of us began throwing stones at the dog in a bid to get him to free Michael to no avail.

“Someone was able to get a cutlass and slashed the dog with it but it would not let Michael go. It was when the cutlass hit the face of the dog that the dog fell and died.”

It was learnt that a soldier, a Regimental Sergeant Major,  who owns the dog, became furious at the killing of his dog when he was informed.

Another neighbour, who craved anonymity because military personnel are not allowed to speak to the press, said the RSM had about seven dogs.

He said the dogs had been terrorising residents especially children but all complaints to military authorities had fallen on deaf ears.

He said, “Some weeks ago, the same dog was let loose and began chasing children all over the place.

“A little girl fell into a gutter while running. I personally had to save the girl and chase the dog away.

“As a soldier I am not afraid of the dog but these little children playing in the barracks are not safe.”

Our correspondent, who visited the block where the RSM resides, was greeted by the loud barks of dogs.

Attempts to speak with soldiers within the vicinity were rebuffed as he was told that he would need to get permission from the military authorities.

Meanwhile, The PUNCH was informed that Michael was given first aid at the barracks clinic before being transferred to Cedacrest Hospital, Apo.

The father of the victim was said to have donated two pints of blood to his son who was still in critical condition on Wednesday.

The father of the victim refused to speak to The PUNCH on Wednesday,  saying, “please get permission from my superiors before talking to me.”

The Deputy Director,  Army Public Relations, Army Headquarters Garrison, Lt.Col Omale Ochagwuba, did not respond to repeated calls on Wednesday.

Click to Join Our Facebook Group

Share your Story with us on Whatsapp

Join our Whatsapp group and get instant updates.



Join Nigeria Information Facebook Group

Win your Court cases today, Get Affordable Supreme Court Law Reports >> CLICK HERE



BESTSELLER: Get A-Z of contemporary laws of ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE in Nigeria By Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye. To ORDER, sms or call : +2347063666998, +2348159307051 or email jurispublicationseries@gmail.com



Alexander Payne: Get these Law books to aid your practice.

Supreme Court Judgments on Lands (1907-2013) and Nigerian Company Law Cases (1945-2016) are going for 120k per set.The Reports contain valuable and uncommon locus classicus for Legal research, opinion, and advocacy. Grab your copy now!!! Call 09091130714 or 07084004038

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: