The Nigerian Army has denied reports on a viral video on social media where one Lance Corporal Ochefu Emmanuel who is alleged to be suffering a chronic kidney disease with renal failure was appealing for public help to fund his medical treatment.
The Nigerian Army debunked the claims that he was abandoned, as he has been treated and the treatment still ongoing before this alleged video.
In a statement released a few hours ago by the Acting Director Army Public Relation Colonel Sagir Musa confirm that the medical experts of the Nigerian Army confirmed that Lance Corporal Ochefu Emmanuel definitive treatment is renal transplant, and this was made known to him and properly counselled for, while arrangements for the transplant are being made.However, his situation is further compounded because of lack of donor. Nonetheless, efforts are on going for his evacuation and treatment.
The full statement from the Nigerian Army on the issue reads:
“The attention of the Nigerian Army is drawn to a video clip produced and disseminated by “Help This Life In Need Foundation”, a Non-governmental organisation in which a soldier of the Nigerian Army, 13NA/70/3343 Lance Corporal Ochefu Emmanuel was appealing for help to fund his medical evacuation for kidney transplant. Although it is not in our character to expose Service personnel in public especially when they have medical challenges, it is imperative to put matters in proper perspective.
The Nigerian Army is a very caring service that has the welfare of its officers, soldiers and members of their families as top most priority. Therefore, it is unimaginable to allege that a soldier having medical problems would be abandoned by the Army as the video clip wants to portray.
It is not true that there was a medical board for financial help. The Nigerian Army has clearly established medical care and evacuation procedure which is being adhered to.
For the benefit of doubt, the soldier in question was treated in 2018 at 3 different Nigerian Army medical facilities. It was confirmed that he had chronic kidney disease with renal failure. Both of his kidneys had failed and he became dependent on dialysis.
Consequently, he had 20 sessions of dialysis at N50,000 per session paid for by the Nigerian Army.
Our medical experts have also confirmed that his definitive treatment is renal transplant. This was made known to him and properly counselled for, while arrangements for the transplant are being made. However, his situation is further compounded because of lack of donor. Nonetheless, efforts are on going for his evacuation and treatment.
Although he has also been diagnosed with retroviral situation, with a high chance of rejection if the transplant is done, we are unrelenting in ensuring that he is properly treated as machineries for a transplant have been put in motion, while search for donor is also ongoing.
We would like to thank all those well meaning Nigerians that showed concern about the plight of the soldier.
However, we would also like to the warn the Non-governmental organisation that facilittated the recording and dissemination of the video clip to desist from spreading falsehood without contacting the Nigerins Army authorities. The NGO may be attempting to defraud the public.
We therefore wish to warn the Non-governmental organization to desist from taking undue advantage of medical conditions of service personnel such as Ochefu Emmanuel to make money or defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Acting Director Army Public Relations