- A trader identified as Helen Akula, is seeking for justice after she was assaulted by a Nigerian soldier in Abuja
- Akula was said to have been assaulted after asking the soldier to help her pick a bottle of drink under his chair
- The soldier, Anayo Aloysius, was said to have admitted to assaulting the trader, but claimed it was a mistake
A soldier Anayo Aloysius, attached to Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja, has assaulted a trader identified as Helen Akula, at the Nyanya Market in the Federal Capital Territory.
Punch reports that Aloysius admitted to assaulting Akula, claiming that he mistakenly punched the trader when he wanted to hit his friend.
Legit.ng gathers that Akula refuted the soldier's defence. According to the 20-year-old victim, Aloysius descended on her after she asked him to help her pick an empty bottle under a chair he sat on at a bar in the market.
She said: “I sell soft drinks at a shop in Nyanya market. The soldier comes to the market regularly. He stopped by at my shop that day. In the evening when I was about to close, I went to a shop where I sold drink to somebody to pick the bottle and collect my money.
“I met the soldier at the shop. He sat on a plastic chair and the bottle I wanted to pick was under the chair. The person that bought the drink from me sat next to him. I demanded my money from the customer and asked the soldier to please help me pick the bottle under the chair. I felt courtesy demands that I shouldn’t just invade his space to pick the bottle.
“He started insulting me, calling me a harlot and all sorts of names. I even thought he was joking with me as usual; so I was laughing. When the insult was getting too much, I told him to stop. He stood up, picked the bottle and tried to break it. Somebody then jokingly told him that he wanted to break the bottle which he did not want to pick.
“We were just joking about it. I had even diverted my attention from him. Before I knew it, he descended on me and punched me in the eye. I started bleeding and left the place. I noticed he was drunk.
According to Akula, the soldier later admitted that he was drunk and blamed people at the scene for not cautioning him.
Akula added: “I want justice. He must be brought to book. The case must not be swept under the carpet by the army. I did nothing wrong to deserve the assault.
Recalling the event of that day, Aloysius said: “We were drinking and she (Akula) was the one serving the drink. As a friend and I were arguing, she asked me to help her pick the bottle. While she bent to pick the bottle herself, the blow I aimed at my friend mistakenly hit her.
“I begged her and tried to explain to her that it was not intentional. I also begged her parents. Her father said he had already reported me to the army authorities. People have been calling and abusing me. I have been begging her. I am very sorry for what happened.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that soldiers and policemen attached to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) clashed with officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) after a fight broke out when efforts were made to serve the FRSC office in Wuze Zone 7 a violation notice.
The confrontation ensued when policemen and soldiers with the AEBP officials allegedly assaulted a female FRSC marshal during the service of the violation notice.
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