Mile 12: Soldiers abuse, force residents to sit on broken bottles

Residents of Agiliti, Mile 12 area of Lagos are crying out over the excesses of soldiers attached to the community by the state government.

A curfew is currently in place in the area from 7pm to 7am as a result of the crisis, which occurred recently, in which members of the Hausa and Yoruba communities engaged one another resulting in 10 deaths.

Over 17 houses and 25 cars were also burnt in the process.

The soldiers currently abusing residents were drafted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to maintain peace and order in the area.

However, it was observed that by 6pm every day, residents — those coming from work — who enter the community to access their homes are being manhandled by the military men.

Some of the residents revealed that they were being forced to sit on the road littered with shattered bottles, or to ‘frog jump,’ or to sing for at least 30 minutes before they were allowed to go home.

A bank employee, who lives in the area, and who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that when he got to the checkpoint on Wednesday around 6.30pm, he saw people forced to kneel on the road.

“The curfew starts 7pm, but the soldiers have made it 6pm. But what I could not understand is why they are torturing people. I was driving, so they just searched my car and let me go. But I was angry when I saw men in suit sitting on the road. What sort of rubbish is that?” he asked.

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