A young lawyer is battling for his life after soldiers battered and shot at him for daring to argue with them.
It was gathered that the soldiers who were four in number, had chased Sipe from 23 Road to a petrol filling station in Festac Town, Lagos State, and when he was caught, they dragged him out of his car, beat him mercilessly before shooting him and descended on his car which they destroyed.
It took only the intervention of a retired Navy Commodore who was driving past who stopped and restrained the soldiers from inflicting more injuries on the victim, who, according to witnesses, could have lost his life in the attack.
After the intervention by the Naval officer, Sipe was rushed to a nearby private hospital in the area where doctors have been battling to save his life.
According to the victim, trouble started for him when he went to buy water for his family.
"I was coming from where I went to buy water barely ten minutes after talking with my wife on the phone. At 23 Road Mobil Petrol station, those buying fuel had blocked one lane and a soldier had stopped a bus on the other lane in the middle of the road.
When I realised that the soldier was blocking the road I said to him, 'Oga this thing you are doing is causing holdup. Why don’t you take the bus out of the road, so that we can move?' And then he said to me 'who are you, what nonsense are you talking?' And I said, 'No oga, I’m not trying to teach you what to do, I’m only telling you that if you do this thing, it will be better for us using the road.'"
The battered Olajide Sipe
"The next thing he said was, 'You must be a useless man'. When I saw that he was already taking that tone, I decided to move my car. He started running after me. After I took the turning on 23 Road, another soldier, light in complexion came in front of my car. I stopped, then he began kicking my front wheel and smashed my windscreen.
When I saw he was kicking my car, I moved, then the two soldiers boarded a bike, and they later became four and began chasing me. As I got to 7th Avenue, I made a U-turn and they rammed their bike into my car, then I drove off. When the soldiers saw me driving off they shot at the car twice. The first bullet hit me while the second bullet hit my tyre.
When I heard the sound of the gun I couldn’t believe I was being shot at. After my tyre went flat, I came down and they ran to me and beat me blue black, after that people around brought me to the hospital."