Two soldiers have been accused of severely beating a lawyer near Tejuosho Market, Yaba for “walking slowly on the road”. The lawyer, Adeyemi Akintoye, narrating hos ordeal in the hands of the soldiers said he was on his way home after work on Thursday when the incident happened. He said the soldiers, who were behind him, had asked him to walk faster and stop walking slowly. Surprised by their utterance, he said he had told them the road was wide enough for them to walk past him. That sparked rage in the soldiers as they slapped him immediately and started burying blows all over his face and kicking him repeatedly. It was said that when he became still on the ground, the crowd had apprehended one of them, Uko Obasi, identified to be from the Tailoring Department of Ordinance Barracks. Akintoye, 33, said he lost the N350,000 he had been paid by a client during the bashing.
“I was coming from work on Thursday around 6pm. Near the Yaba Market, I heard a voice behind me saying, ‘Walk faster. Do you think this is your sitting room?’ I replied, ‘The space is wide enough for anyone to pass’. I received a slap from behind immediately.
‘When I looked back and saw two soldiers, I said, ‘What is my offence?’ I received another slap and they started beating me up.
“They were with daggers. They punched me and kicked me with their boots. People were shouting that I would die.
“In the commotion, my wallet and ATM cards were stolen. My folder containing N350,000 was stolen. It was given to me as part payment by a client. Blood was streaming down my face. When they saw the blood, they wanted to escape.
“But I held on to one of them. People gathered and started taking photographs. The other soldier escaped. I did not know that a senior police officer was around and watching,” he said.
Akintoye said a senior at the barracks had blared that a soldier had the right to beat up any “bloody civilian”. He, however, said another soldier apologised and took down his details promising to look into the case.
The lawyer added that when he and the soldier were taken to the barracks, the military authorities promised to get back to him.