Punch reports that the soldier who is popularly
known as Sir T, lives in Myyong Army Barracks, in
Yaba, Lagos State, allegedly descended on Alhaji in
the Shomolu area of the state when he reversed
his car and hit the motorcycle the Okadaman was
It was gathered that motorcyclist, whose wife is
nursing a six-month-old child, had taken a woman
to an eatery in the Morroco area and was waiting
for her while the soldier parked his Toyota Camry
car on the premises of the eatery.
Eyewitnesses said that while Alhaji was waiting to
take the passenger back to her destination,
Sergeant Taiwo who had gone to a beer parlor
opposite the eatery, came back to pick his car.
As the soldier was reversing his car to drive out of
the premises, the vehicle hit the back of the
victim’s motorcycle and while Alhaji was struggling
with the motorcycle, his passenger arrived at the
scene and quickly hit on the body of the car to alert
the soldier not to run over the Okadaman.
The action was said to have angered Sergeant
Taiwo who quickly came out of the vehicle and
pounced on the victim
The eyewitness said:
“The soldier came out of his car and slapped the
motorcycle rider repeatedly. As the rider tried to
explain to him what actually happened, he
descended on him with blows and beat him up. The
passenger fled in the process.
The soldier beat the rider until he could not stand
on his feet, and he left in his car. As he was
beating the man, he said nothing would happen if
Everybody present was afraid to intervene because
he is a soldier. Somebody informed the victim’s
younger brother, who rushed to the scene.
The case was reported at the barracks and the
victim was taken to the Military Hospital in Yaba
around 9 pm on Friday where he died.”
A resident of the area who gave his name only as
Collins, said Taiwo was notorious for intimidating
people using his position as a soldier.
“Sometime in December, Taiwo slapped a man at
the beer parlour, saying the man was staring at
him. In the end, it turned out that the man was a
major and he started begging him.
After that encounter, he had a disagreement with
one of the women who work at the beer parlour.
He tore the woman’s clothes. I think he should pay
When contacted, the acting Deputy Director, Army
Public Relations, 81 Division, Lt. Njoka Irabor, said
investigations were ongoing into the incident and
could not say much until investigations are
concluded on the issue, while the State Police
Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo
Badmos, said the command was working with the
Nigerian Army to ensure the prosecution of the