Some soldiers in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have left with an electronics dealer, Lukman Lambo, with a damaged eye after they handcuffed him to a motorcycle and dragged him on the street over a disagreement his brother had with the girlfriend of one of the soldiers.
Lukman’s younger brother, Saheed Lambo and the lady, identified simply as Dasola, were neighbours on Itulubajo Lane, Alhaji Street, Ikorodu.
According to the Punch the duo were lovers, until a few weeks ago when a disagreement over money strained their relationship. After an argument between them on Saturday, November 11, Dasola reportedly went with her new soldier boyfriend in the company of three other soldiers to Saheed’s residence.
The soldiers did not meet Saheed at home, but they descended on his elder brother, Lukman, who was on a visit.
According to Lukman one of the soldiers believed to be Dasola’s boyfriend rained blows on his face.
He was then handcuffed to a motorcycle while one of the soldiers rode the bike and dragged him on the street. The soldiers reportedly only left him when he started bleeding from the eyes.
He said, “Where Saheed lives is our family house, but I don’t reside there. I went to the house and someone told me that Saheed had a fight with a lady who had gone to call soldiers to beat him up.
“The person added that the soldiers might kill him and I asked him why they would kill him, not knowing they were already behind me. They were four in number and three of them were in army uniform without tags.
“They beat me up and in the process, the one that is befriending the lady hit me on the face. They handcuffed me to a motorcycle and dragged me on the street.
“People begged them to leave me, but they refused. They should be from Odogunyan barracks. I can identify them if I see them.
“Doctors at the Ikorodu General Hospital, where I was admitted, said I might have to undergo a surgery. I have spent a lot of money on the eye.”
The case was reported at the Igbogbo Police Station and Dasola has been arrested.
When contacted, Saheed said he and his lady friend Dasola had quarreled after a date. He said he offered her N1,500, but she rejected it, insisting that she would collect N2,500.
Saheed said, “She later collected the N1,500, but tore my clothes. Afterwards, she would abuse me whenever she saw me. On Saturday, November 11, my friends fought in our compound and she came. I told her she was nosy.
“We abused each other and she left and later came back with the soldiers to intimidate me.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde-Famous Cole, confirmed the assault and said investigations commenced after the case was reported. He also confirmed that the lady (Dasola) was arrested for conspiring with soldiers to assault the man.
“The Divisional Police Officer found out that the suspects were from an army barracks. We have to write to the Nigerian Army to report their conduct and get them identified so that they could be brought to book.”
Source – Punch