Policemen Beat Up Soldier For Refusing To Put On Face-Mask In Benin

The capital and largest city of Edo State yesterday experience panic when a team of Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps operatives allegedly beat up a soldier in public.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon, at Lagos street,

for not wearing face mask.

Barely 24-hours after the state government shut down the street to all business activities over alleged refusal of traders and residents of the street comply with the directives and participate in the ongoing screening and testing exercise for Covid-19, in efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

An eyewitness said the military operative was putting on military khaki short and was on the street without face mask but had an handkerchief on his neck. He said his wife did not properly put on her own face mask when the policemen on duty asked him to put on his face mask.

“On entering Lagos Street, the soldier and his wife were asked to wear their face mask by the policemen on duty.

The soldier was said to have brought his Identification Card (ID CARD) to identify himself but the police officer dismissed the ID card as fake.

The soldier got infuriated when one of the police officer pushed his wife with a gun in a bid to force her to wear the face mask, he said.

Following the argument that ensued, the policemen descended on the soldier and injured him on the head with the butt of their gun,” he added.

It was gathered that men of the Nigerian Army later stormed the area, shot repeatedly into the air to scare the police and NSCDC officers. The traders and passers-by in the area were by all means forced to run in different directions for their life and safety.

Help came when top officers of the Nigerian Army and the State police command intervention to quelled the situation. Both parties were later driven to a nearby Police division at Oba Market to resolve the matter.

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