Soldier’s pitbull dog tears off baby’s scalp in Abuja barracks
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 which visited the barracks on Wednesday was informed that the incident occurred on Tuesday around 7.30am.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”