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Nigerian Soldier Executed for Killing An Unarmed Boy – The Story of Lt Macaulay Lamurde.
The deaths of more than a million people in Nigeria as a result of the brutal civil war which ended years ago is a scar on the nation’ s history.
For most Nigerians, the war over the breakaway state of Biafra is generally regarded as an unfortunate episode best forgotten, but for the Igbo people who fought for secession, it remains a life-defining event.
The Nigerian Civil War or the Biafra War was a war fought between the government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970.
The terror and sorrow of the Nigerian civil war still remain fresh in the hearts and minds of those who witnessed it and for those who were born after the war the stories they were told still make them wonder how actually those who witness the war still feel.
Today let’s look at the story of a Nigerian soldier who was killed by his superior for killing an unarmed Biafra boy.
The 23- year old Lt Macaulay Lamurde, was amongst the Nigerian soldier who fought the civil war.
It was said that Lamurde and his platoon had captured a young Igbo boy by name Mathias Kanu, who out of fear was hiding in a bush.
He was questioned, by Lt Macaulay Lamurde, about who he was.
The young and afraid prisoner, who was said to be wearing only a short, told them he was not a Biafra soldier but was rather looking for his parents who he had initially lost.
Lt Macaulay Lamurde was said to have shot the young prisoner three times, feeling that he would just be counted amongst the war casualty.
One thing Lt Macaulay Lamurde did not expect was that the whole incidence (murder) was filmed by the British television team.
Lt Macaulay Lamurde, was later arrested, tried & executed on 13 September 1968 by Col Benjamin Adekunle for the killing of an unarmed boy.
The war ended months after that incident.