2 Soldiers Escape Lynching, Arrested for Brutalising Lagos Residents

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Chiemelie Ezeob

Detectives from Yaba Division of the Lagos Police Command have arrested two soldiers, Privates Ihama Osaretin and Okpor Ray, for allegedly attacking and brutalising some of the residents of Makoko area.

Although they were not the only ones that stormed the waterside community to attack the residents, they were however the only two arrested after they had raided Makoko on Sunday night, injuring many.

THISDAY gathered that the rampaging soldiers, numbering about 14, had gone to the community in a rage, beating up anyone they set their eyes on.

Although the battered residents initially fled their community, they were said to have later regrouped and confronted the soldiers armed with dangerous weapons such as axes, broken bottles, iron rods, wood and cudgels.

When they attempted to overpower the soldiers, 12 of them succeeded in fleeing to safety, leaving two others behind at the mercy of the angry residents who unleashed terror on them.

It was gathered that attempts to lynch the duo was aborted by two police attack patrol teams attached to Makoko Police Division, who were quickly mobilised to the scene by the Divisional Police Officer.

The quick intervention of the police saved the two privates, who they later rushed to the hospital for treatment given that they were severely injured.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officers, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, said one Segun Enikumehin of Aiyetoro street, Makoko was beaten to a pulp by the soldiers to the extent that he lost the use of one of his eyes.

Further details later