- A combined team of policemen and NSDC officials have beaten up a soldier for reportedly refusing to wear a face mask
- The incident reportedly occurred at the Lagos Street/Oba Market Street junction in downtown Benin city
- The fracas began with an argument and escalated when the policemen descended on the soldier
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A soldier was beaten up on Saturday, May 9, by a combined team of policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) in Edo state for reportedly refusing to wear a face mask.
The Tribune newspaper reports that the incident occurred at the Lagos Street/Oba Market Street junction in downtown Benin.
A witness said the soldier who was in the company of his wife refused to wear face mask despite repeated calls by the police officers and NSCDC officials.
According to the witness, trouble began when one of the policemen pushed the soldier’s wife with a gun in a bid to make her wear the mask.
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An argument was said to have ensued and later escalated when the policemen reportedly descended on the soldier and injured him on the head with the butt of the gun.
Some soldiers were said to have stormed the area for a reprisal attack, however, calm was restored after the intervention of top officers of the Nigerian Army and the state police command.
Meanwhile, Ogun government says it is constrained to extend the existing lockdown in the state by one week.
Governor Dapo Abiodun, who made this known while addressing journalists in Abeokuta, said it had become imperative to extend the lockdown as a means to save lives.
The extension, however, is contrary to the expectation of residents who had thought the lockdown would be eased.
According to the governor, people have shown disregard to laid down precautions against the pandemic, hence the need to take more drastic actions.
Abiodun said that the lockdown which would continue for another week is subject to review on a weekly basis, while the windows of relaxation remain.
He added that the daily curfew and ban on non-essential of inter-state travel as directed by President Mohammadu Buhari still stands.
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