Nigeria: Lawyer sustains spinal cord injury after soldiers’ assault (photo)

March 20, 2017

Lawyer sustains spinal cord injury after soldiers’ assault (photo)

In Delta state, 5 soldiers attached to the 222 Battalion, Agarha-Otor, Ughelli-North local government area, have reportedly beaten a legal practitioner, Mr Sunny Ekwe to coma and leaving his spinal cord broken.

Punch reports that, this incident was said to have taken place on Saturday, March 11, at about 7pm. The man had gone to visit a relative at Okpara waterside in Ethiope local government area of the state when he was attacked by the soldiers.

It was gathered that the soldiers dumped the lawyer in a gutter, where they ostensible left him to bleed to death. However, a source present at the scene narrated that trouble started when one of the soldiers approached and ordered Ekwe to follow him into a dark place where four other soldiers were waiting.

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The lawyer, sensing danger, refused to follow the soldier but unfortunately, his refusal to follow the soldier drew the attention of the four other soldiers, who emerged from the dark and joined their colleague to beat Ekwe.

Ekwe’s close friend, Mr Omes Ogedengbe, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, said the victim also sustain injures in his head and was lying critically ill at undisclosed hospital. Ogedengbe, a lawyer and the National Coordinator, Conference for the Actualisation of Human Rights, called on the Nigerian Army to ensure that justice was served in the case.



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