The Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, has lost one of its 100-Level Course 9 Police Cadets, Suleiman Jika, who died after collapsing in the toilet on Saturday.
Jika, who was 19 years old and from Adamawa State, was studying Computer Science at the academy. He reportedly collapsed in the early hours of the day and was taken to the academy’s clinic.
However, some cadets who spoke on the condition of anonymity alleged that Jika did not receive proper medical attention because the clinic lacked drugs and personnel.
They also alleged cases of ‘’high-handedness and financial mismanagement of the feeding allowance for the students.”
A cadet said that Jika could have survived if he had been treated promptly. He also said that the academy’s authorities had ordered the closure of the market and laundry in the academy and imposed unnecessary training exercises during lecture hours.
“Many cadets are sick and malnourished because of the bad and insufficient food they give us.
“The boy that died was very young. They also threaten us and force us to do unwanted training exercises. Many cadets have been dismissed because they fell ill; that’s why many of us are trying to cope and avoid being expelled from the academy,” the source said.
Another cadet confirmed that many cadets faint daily during training due to exhaustion and hunger. He said that there was always a long queue of sick cadets at the ill-equipped clinic.
Staff members of the academy also complained about the monthly feeding allowance of the academy.
The story first appeared in The PUNCH