Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Shocking!! 3 soldiers beat woman in Edo State, destroy her car for obstructing traffic

Joy Agboghide was brutalized by soldiers for obstructing traffic

A 51-year-old woman, Joy Agboghide, is battling for her life at the Central Hospital in Benin, Edo State, after she was allegedly brutalized by three military officers for obstructing traffic  along Forestry Lane in Benin, the state capital.

It was gathered that the show of power occurred at about 4pm on Monday, March 21, in front of the headquarters of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
Eyewitnsses report that an  officer with the insignia of a Major, had  emerged from the premises of the  company and instructed the woman to reverse her vehicle in order to ease traffic on the narrow road.
However, the mother of six explained to the officer that she had initially allowed about five vehicles to go  due to the indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the road.
An argument was said to have ensued between the soldier and Agboghide, with the army officer  insisting that she must reverse her vehicle and get out of the way.
The major, who was said to have been angered  by the woman's insistence on not moving, returned  to the BEDC  premises and later came back with some soldiers to be attached to the BEDC and  allegedly ordered them to beat  the woman up and the three soldiers descended on her and beat her blue black.
Not done, they went ahead to destroy her car, while telling her they would kill her and no one would ask them any question.
The victim who later spoke about the treatment she got from the soldiers, said:
“I went to Lagos Street to get some food items. So, I passed through Forestry Lane to the  road beside former NEPA. As I was going,  the driver of  the  vehicle in front of me and some traders around told me to stop. I stopped and about four vehicles passed. Later, the traders told me to go.
As I moved on, a soldier told me to reverse and I explained that I had waited for some vehicles to pass. But he said, ‘Do you know who you are talking to? Reverse!’ Before I knew it, he used his gun to hit my windscreen.
I came out and asked him what I had done and he said I should wait. He went into the BEDC premises and came out with some soldiers who descended on me.
He said they should clear me off the road. But as he tried to enter his vehicle, I pulled him and told him to pay for the damage done to my car.
As the man jumped inside his vehicle and tried to drive off, I hit his windscreen. He came down and damaged my windscreen and  the rear screen.
Suddenly,  he came out with a whip and beat me. The lady inside the vehicle also sprayed tear gas into my eyes.”
But the spokesman for the 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, has come out to say the officer involved in the fracas is not in the Army, but an Airforce officer.
“He is a Nigerian Air Force officer. But we are investigating,”Unuakhalu said.

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