It sounds like one of the fairy tales, but it is a true story of an undergraduate of Akwa Ibom State University, who was tortured to death by three armed soldiers for wearing green colour.
The tragic incident occurred in Ogba area of the Lagos metropolis.
The victim, Ajayi Ebenezer and his friends were said to be on their way to a suya spot near Ogba bus stop, when the soldiers, in military camouflage uniform allegedly accosted him.
One of his friends, who simply identified himself as Wasiu, told Daily Sun that he was just passing by, on that fateful Saturday, when he saw three soldiers torturing and dragging Ajayi on the ground.
He explained that he tried to inquire from the victim what the problem was, adding that one of the soldiers sternly warned him to leave the scene or be shot.
He said he quickly left spot and saw one of Ajayi’s friends, explaining to sympathizers that the soldiers were torturing him for putting on what looked like army uniform.
According to him, nobody was able to stop the soldiers, as they threatened to shoot anyone that tried to intervene.
He said: “We were watching helplessly, as the soldiers dragged Ajayi to the Area ‘G’ police Command, Ogba. People, especially, women were weeping profusely but no one could assist Ajayi, who was shouting that he was dying.”
Wasiu said he rushed to Ajayi’s house where he briefed members of his family on the development. He said when he and members Ajayi’s family visited the Area ‘G’ command, headquarters, the policemen at the gate told them that he had been released by the soldiers.
But few hours after waiting in vain for his return and after searching for him, they received a shocking news that his dead body was dumped at Oguniyi Road, near Pen Cinema, Agege.
According to him, when they got to the scene, they were informed by some commercial motorcycle operators that they saw some policemen removing a corpse.
To their amazement, when they got to the Pen Cinema police station, they were told that the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary.
Embittered Wasiu said: “ Infact, I am still in shock because I don’t see the basis for killing that boy. That he was putting on what looked like army uniform did not mean he was a criminal.”
Another eyewitness, Ngozi Onwuka, told Daily Sun that she was in vintage position, where she was hawking oranges when she saw the soldiers asking the deceased why he was putting on military uniform . She said as the victim was trying to explain to them that it was not army uniform, the soldiers started beating him.
She said: “They were hitting him with the butt of the gun and at the same time, kicking and dragging him on the ground. I knew the guy would not survive the beating but I am still in shock over the barbaric act.”
When contacted for comments, the Lagos State police spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, who confirmed the incident said the case was still being investigated.
Source: Online Nigeria
Where does one even start with this thing? This is not the first time that soldiers have beaten someone for wearing “wrong” clothing articles. I remember back in the days when if you were caught with boots on, you’d have to do frog jump till they were satisfied, or the incident when a 56 year old woman was flogged for not moving her car when an army convoy was coming through. This is just sad, and at some point the abuse of power by law enforcement around the world has to stop – more especially in Africa