“I learnt that when some people have a disagreement with someone, the next thing such a person will do is to go and invite a soldier at their base to come and molest people,”
There was tension on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Tungan-Maje community in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as soldiers invaded three houses while shooting sporadically.
It was learnt that the soldiers attacked the houses at about 7:15pm and allegedly beat up one of the kingmakers of the community identified as the Galadima of Tungan-Maje, Salihu Aliyu, and his son, Abdulrahman Salihu.
The soldiers, who were said to be about thirteen 13 in number dressed in army uniforms.
They also wielded guns and sticks and they stormed the community in a Hilux vehicle.
It was also gathered that the soldiers allegedly beat up a 24-year-old student of the College of Education, Zuba, Shemau Salihu, who sustained a fracture on her hand, and five others in the community.
It was further found that some commercial motorcyclists passing through the area, who decided to stop at the scene of the incident, were also beaten by the soldiers.
A resident of the community, Abdullahi Ibrahim, recounted that he managed to escape through his back door when the rampaging soldiers stormed his house.
He added that the soldiers beat up anyone within sight with sticks and dragged their victims on the floor into their Hilux van.
Abdullahi also said he was seated with his friend, Abdulrahman Salihu, in front of his house when the soldiers alighted from their Hilux van.
He said, “A man and woman came and pointed at Abdulrahman and before you knew it they started beating him with sticks while some started shooting into the air and also entered into some houses.”
Abdulrahman while speaking with our reporter said he had no problem with any of the soldiers but said he was surprised that a woman came with a man in mufti and pointed at him.
He added, “The woman just pointed at me saying ‘he is the brother’. I then asked her what the problem was. How can you just come from nowhere with someone and start pointing at me.” “They also pounced on my father, who also just finished observing Ishai prayers, and was coming out of the mosque. They dragged both of us on the ground into their van and drove us to their barrack,” he alleged.
Vice Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Mohammed Kasim Ikwa, said he visited the community immediately after receiving the information about the incident.
“I learnt that when some people have a disagreement with someone, the next thing such a person will do is to go and invite a soldier at their base to come and molest people,” he alleged.
President of Koro Youth Association in the FCT, Comrade Adamu Isyaku, who is a native of Tungan-Maje, alleged that people of the community have been facing frequent threats and harassment from soldiers in the area.
He further alleged that the community has been under siege of kidnapping and armed robbery, but the army whose barrack is in the community has never come to their rescue.
“I see no reason why the army should be interfering in civil matters that involve civilians. Anytime there is a disagreement between two civilians in the community, one person will just go and invite a soldier to come and assault the other person,” he alleged.