A soldier identified as Audu Abubakar, has been accused of stabbing a tailor, Ali Abubakar, in the Sabo area of Ibadan, Oyo State, for allegedly snubbing him.
According to reports, Ali had gone to see a friend, Saheed, in the area last Thursday, but was met with his absence and waited for him in his shop.
Punch Metro discovered that Audu’s coworker was also waiting for the same man like Ali. It was reported that when Audu returned to the shop, he asked about the whereabouts of Saheed.
Alis said that he didn’t respond to Audu because he mistook him for a colleague who was also inside the shop. However, Ali’s failure to respond enraged Audu, resulting in a scuffle between the two of them.
“I went to the shop to see my childhood friend, but he went to the mosque to pray, so I waited for him. I met a soldier in the shop, sat and started fiddling with my phone.
“A few minutes later, Audu came and asked of Saheed; I thought he was talking to his colleague and I didn’t answer him; it was when I heard him barking: ‘Are you deaf’?’ that I looked up and he slapped me and started abusing me. I told him that if I was the one he was referring to as deaf, then he should not talk to me that way; Audu and his friend then started beating me.
“While they were beating me and tearing my clothes, I tried my best to leave there and went to the palace to report to the elders in the area, who pleaded with me to let the incident pass and change my clothes.
“About an hour after the incident, I went back to collect my phone from the person I gave it to when the soldiers were beating me. My friend had already come back and we were discussing and the next thing I saw was that Audu took a knife and stabbed me in my left hand.“I escaped from there and he still chased after me with the knife. It was from where I escaped to that I was rushed to hospital and I have been there since. I was given two pints of blood in the hospital. I don’t have any sensation on three of my fingers right now.”
“Some representatives were sent to me in the hospital on Saturday and I told them what happened, but since then, I have not seen or heard from them. They said they were investigating. I want justice to be done because I respected the soldiers and I didn’t touch them and didn’t allow my people to touch them,”. he added
Lt. Christopher Agu, a Public Relations Officer in the Department of the 2 Division asserted the development, saying investigations were underway.