There was pandemonium at the Edo State Magistrates’ courts in Benin, earlier today, August 26, when some soldiers allegedly beat up some officials of the Edo State Committee on War Against Indiscipline.
The Punch reports that the soldiers stormed the premises of the Edo State Magistrates’ court complex on Sapele road at about 1pm and disrupted attempts by the WAI officials to arrest four persons for allegedly beating traffic.
It was made known that the soldiers are from Setraco, a construction firm. The zoomed into the court premises in two Hilux vehicles, brandishing their riffles which made both policemen and courts flee for safety. They were said to have raided the office of the agency on Ezoti Street and the Ministry of Works, before a woman, who was among those arrested, put a call across to someone. The Chairman of WAI, Mr. David Olukoga, said two officials of the agency, including an elderly man, were hospitalised due to injuries sustained during the incident.
He said: “In less than 10 minutes, an Army van pulled up with about seven military men and they started beating everybody in sight, injured all the workers and tried to remove the (impounded) vehicle but they could not, until rescue came. “And when rescue came, we were able to apprehend the woman and the person she called and brought them to the court premises for trial, for harassment, intimidation and molesting government workers. “While we were still at the court we heard that they (soldiers) went to the Ministry of Works, beat up people. And from there, they advanced to the court, chased away policemen, magistrates, everybody and released suspects under trial.
Describing the incident as disappointing, uOlukoga said: “This is very sad and I don’t think we can continue like this. This is not the Nigerian Army we used to know. We are calling on their commandant to call them (soldiers) to order. “They (soldiers) are from Setraco. Action must be taken against this particular issue; we are not going to allow this issue to rest,” he added.
A young man was also last week butchered and set ablaze for reportedly robbing a woman of a pot of soup in Calabar, Cross River state.