- Soldiers pluck out FRSC official's eye for begging them to stop torturing a harmless civilian
- The official, Segun Enikuemehin, is currently receiving treatment at LUTH with one of his eyes totally damaged
- The soldiers who were handed over to the police for their dastardly act were later released from police custody
Some military men damaged the eye of an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Segun Enikuemehin, for daring to ask them to stop assaulting a civilian.
Trouble started when Enikuemehin saw some military men beating a harmless civilian on Sunday, August 14, and for fear that the man would be beaten to death, he walked up to them and pleaded that they let the man go or hand him over to the police if he had done something illegal.
For confronting them, the angry soldiers descended on him and started beating him as well, Sahara Reporters reports.
The road safety official managed to rescue the badly beaten civilian and took him to the Adekunle police station at Ebute Metta.
Enikuemehin was said to have led the police back to the venue of the incident. At that time, the soldiers were already cooling off at a nearby beer parlor but when they sighted him in the company of other policemen, they became enraged and descended on him again, plucking out one of his eyes.
The damaged eye was reportedly picked from the ground as he was rushed to the General Hospital. On getting there, the hospital rejected him. He then asked to be taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where he is currently receiving treatment with one of his eyes totally damaged.
The soldiers were said to have taken to their heels after realizing what they had done but they were caught by residents who handed them over to the police.
However, when Enikuemehin’s uncle, Prince Ojatunwse Oluwajoba, got to the police station, he realized that the military men had already been released by the police.
According to him, the DPO of Adekunle police station informed him when he got there that the soldier who stabbed his nephew had been handed over to the military authorities.
He said while he was still at the station, one of the accused soldiers walked into the station in the company of a senior officer who was identified as Captain Okoli to collect his identity card and other personal effects that had been taken from him at the station.
Oluwajoba explained that doctors at LUTH are now saying the left eye of his nephew has been completely damaged and if proper medical care is not given, the second eye might be affected as well.
There have been several reports of men in uniform assaulting harmless civilians.
In February, a 25-year old man was brutally beaten by several Nigerian army cadets in Abuja for complimenting a female army cadet. He was beaten until he passed out and a kind stranger later took pity on him and conveyed him to the hospital where he spent a week recuperating from his serious injuries.