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Soldiers Beat Up 51-Year Old Woman In Benin, Now Hospitalized


Soldiers on Monday assaulted a motorist, Joy Agboghide, for allegedly obstructing traffic  on Forestry Lane, Benin, Edo State.

It was learnt that the incident occurred at about 4pm in front of the headquarters of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.

It was learnt that an officer, a Major, was  said to have  emerged from the premises of the  company and instructed the woman to reverse her vehicle in order to ease traffic on the narrow road.

Sources said  Agboghide, a mother of six, however, explained 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 the 51-year-old woman, after the army officer insisted that she must reverse her vehicle.

The major, who  was said to have been angered by the development, returned  to the BEDC  premises.

The source said he later returned with  some soldiers said to be attached to the BEDC and allegedly ordered them to beat the woman up.

She was said to have been rushed to the Central Hospital in Benin where she is receiving treatment as of the time of filing this report.

Agboghide, who later spoke to our correspondent, 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.”

Agboghide alleged  that she was also assaulted by a woman said to be the wife of the officer.

She said,  “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.”

Spokesman for the 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, told our correspondent that the  officer involved was not in the Army.

“He is a Nigerian Air Force officer. But we are investigating,” Unuakhalu said.”


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