In the early hours of Monday, irate soldiers in Ojota, Lagos State, beat a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer into a stupor over a traffic offense that is yet to be determined.
The incident, according to an eyewitness, happened at 8a.m., when soldiers numbering eight, got hold of the LASTMA officer and beat him for several minutes.
In a video that has gone viral, the soldiers were seen beating up the LASTMA officer as he begged profusely to be left alone.
One of the attackers was seen battering the officer to the ground as other LASTMA officers fled the scene.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the action was in retaliation over an incident where LASTMA officers were alleged to have beaten up a soldier in the same Ojota area last week.
In today’s incident, the invading soldiers, armed with guns, descended on the officer with punches and planks before disappearing from the scene.
It was gathered that the victim, in a state of stupor, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, through the Director of Operations, Mr. A. Peter, confirmed the incident to Vanguard.
He said: “We have reported the incident to the higher authorities of the army. They are already intervening in the matter.
“We will update you in due course. The act is totally condemnable.”