Personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, have been accused of assaulting a shop owner, Mrs. Joy Owolabi, in Jos, Plateau state.
The incident which happened at the Nanmwa Junction, Abattoir area in Jos South local government area on Friday, September 2, left her with serious injuries to her eyes and other parts of her body.
According to Vanguard, before the Friday incident, the yet-to-be-identified personnel came to the betting office next to the victim’s shop last month and parked his official motorcycle in front of Mrs Owolabi’s shop, blocking her entrance.
She said she called his attention to re-park the motorcycle but she was allegedly ignored and an argument ensued.
According to the publication, on that Friday, the personnel returned to the betting shop with his colleague and parked his motorcycle in the similar manner that the woman complained about. The incident led to an exchange of words between him and the shop owner.
Instead of parking his motorcycle properly, the victim and some eyewitnesses alleged he punched the victim, pushed her to the ground and started flogging her with a wire as neighbours and passersby watch helplessly. None could rescue the woman as the assaulter and his colleague were armed.
Narrating her ordeal, Mrs. Owolabi said people could not rescue her as the NSCDC personnel and his colleague were armed.
“I was in my shop on the 2nd of September, 2022, at about noon, I saw two men in uniform, they were from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, they rode into my shop. One stood by the roadside and the second one came to the entrance of my shop.
“They came with an official motorcycle, when the man parked, blocking the entrance of my shop, I went and met him and said please, help me re-park this motorcycle because the way you parked, I cannot enter the shop,”