September 19, 2016

Soldier arrested over stray bullet incident

By Evelyn Usman

LAGOS—The soldier, whose stray bullet hit a 40-year-old man in Ijegun area of Lagos last Thursday, has been arrested.

Although his identity could not be immediately ascertained, Vanguard gathered that he had been detained at the 65 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Bonny Camp, in Victoria Island, Lagos.

This is just as the Military, weekend, clarified that the erring soldier, was attached to its joint task force code-named Operation AWATSE and not OP MESA as earlier reported.

Vanguard gathered that the incident occurred during an exchange of duty.

Spokesperson for the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, however, said: “The militants wanted to take advantage of the exchange of duty and this led to exchange of fire.

“Unfortunately, a stray bullet hit someone. The soldier involved had been arrested and detained. Disciplinary action will be taken.”

Meanwhile, the victim, an indigene of Imo State, has accused the military of abandoning him.

Speaking from his hospital bed, yesterday, Mmezi, said: “I have been managing myself all these years and have never been a burden to anyone. I did not steal, neither did I commit any offence.

“I was to get my children school bags and shoes that fateful day, in preparation for their resumption tomorrow (today), only to find myself at the hospital.

“No Military personnel has visited me. This shows that the poor has no voice in Nigeria. If I were the son of a rich man, I am sure they would have been patrolling here.”

One of his relatives, Wisdom Osimiri, said N280,000 was needed for surgery, adding “where do we get such an amount from? The good Samaritan that brought him here and sympathisers have tried their best.

“There have been donations of between N200 and N1000.”