Combination of Nigerian Police officers and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers in Benin gathered to beat a soldier who refused to wear face mask as ordered by the state government.
It was gathered that the incident happened between 1 pm and 1:30 pm at the popular Lagos Street/Oba Market Street junction in downtown Benin.
It was also learnt that residents fled the area for fear of reprisal attack by soldiers who later stormed the area.
According to Tribune Online reports, the incident occurred barely 24 hours after the state government shut down all business activities in Lagos street over the refusal of traders and residents to comply with the state government’s directives to participate in the ongoing screening and testing exercise for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The testing was part of the measures put in place by the government to contain the spread of the virus in the state.
The soldier was in the company of his wife when the incident happened Saturday afternoon.
The soldier whose identity could not be ascertained was said to have refused repeated calls by the police officers and NSCDC officials to put on his facemask.
According to an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, the soldier man who was on military khaki short tied a handkerchief on his neck while his wife did not properly put on her facemask.
They alleged that the soldier showed his identity card to the policeman who dismissed it as a fake.
The witness said that the soldier was infuriated when one of the policemen pushed his wife with a gun in a bid to make her wear the mask.
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