Another young Nigerian has cried for justice after a member of the Nigeria Army molested her, leaving her with severe injuries.
Infinity who is based in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, narrated how the soldier, Sulaiman Olalekan, molested her after accusing her of talking about him, an act which landed her in a hospital with severe injuries while he has been going about boasting that no one can touch him because he is above the law.
Read what she wrote on her Facebook page:
“A CRY OF HELP!
Please, my good people of our nation, I am sincerely calling out for justice against violence. I am hospitalized right now as I type this with the little stamina in me; I am in serious pain and agony; in between life and death.
This is my story:
This morning, at about 11.50 am, I boarded a Siena vehicle leaving Port Harcourt for Onitsha. As we approached the first checkpoint immediately after the airport, we pulled over as the soldiers ordered us to, for the usual scrutiny.
One of them, the youngest of them by name, SULAIMAN OLAMILEKAN, began to molest me. He accused me of discussing him while I was only having a friendly debate with the lady beside me on whether the car we were in was tinted or not because of the way we were being delayed as the driver didn't bring the back glass down when he stopped us.
Immediately, he (the soldier) was like 'hey you, wetin you just talk now?' I explained to him that he was never in the picture of the gist but he ignored me and demanded I disembark from the vehicle, kneel down and apologize to him.
I called his bluff and explained to him that I did nothing wrong to apologize. To my greatest dismay, this dude went in search of any object at his disposal (a huge stick) and started hitting it all over my body.
He shoved me out of the vehicle and when the stick he used on me got broken, he went in search of another thing and came back with a big rod.
Immediately I saw him coming with that one and I noticed everyone was already scared to come closer including his colleagues who were just busy with the stopping of other vehicles, I ran out of the vehicle and jumped down.
I wanted to run over to the other lane to where the officers used to stay but on a second thought, I sensed he might throw the big rod on me. I then stood still not believing he could actually use it on me before I knew it, he started hitting my two legs with it.
I was helpless as my fellow passengers were scared to intervene. The others soldiers later disengaged him from hitting me further but they did not reprimand/reprove him.
Instead, they confiscated my phone and prevented me from taking pictures of any of them; my phone's screen is in pieces now. When I told them that I would no longer proceed with the journey, they restrained me from going back to Port Harcourt by compelling the driver to embark on our journey to Onitsha with me.
The driver drove off to some distance away from there and I alighted from the vehicle and boarded another one heading back to Port Harcourt. The passengers in the bus were astonished at the injuries I sustained from the brutality.
They sympathized with me and advised me to take the matter up. Even the new driver confirmed Ola to be a ruthless soldier as he has had an encounter like that with him before.
As soon as we arrived Port Harcourt, I went straight to the Army Barracks to file a report about him. I narrated the whole story to them.
The soldiers and the superiors there were astonished at the cruel act and were sympathizing with me and pleaded that I shouldn't take the case any further; that the Ola dude would be remanded for one month in the barracks there (which I feel is not enough justice).
They said he just joined then in the year 2015. I was quickly attended to and was taken to their clinic for treatment. They summoned for Ola, the dude was very shocked that the case had gotten here already.
To God be the glory, he confessed correctly that I didn't do anything to have warranted his cruel action that he was in a very bad mood.
He said what happened there was inexplicable. This time, he genuflected and implored for compassion. He took my number when I was giving it to the nurse for my admission at the hospital and whatsapped me to forgive him and not take things seriously.
Right now, I am bedridden. The doctor said I am running temperature due to my high blood pressure. I am in serious pain and rendered partially immoveable."
"How do I explain this uncomely incidence to my family in Onitsha whom I was supposed to meet with? Here are the pictures of what happened in the scene including the picture of the violator and the rod he used.
Please help! Help me reach out to anybody in authority who can fight this violence. Violence is indeed a cankerworm that has eaten us deep into every fabric of the Nigerian Army Force. Soldiers fight and protect their own, not to destroy the innocent civilians.”