As the Operation Crocodile Smile II continues in the South West Nigeria, an Army personnel attached to the exercise has allegedly killed one Sadiq Ismaila, 20, and fled with his body to cover up the crime.
According to reports, the incident which started by 1:30pm at Oniru Block Village, Lekki, had four other casualties with Paul Abudu and Bridget Afolabi included.
It was gathered that the soldiers, who came in a convoy comprising three armoured tanks and eight Hilux vans, had on Sunday stormed the neighbourhood and arrested 76 persons.
It was reported that Ismail who was packing blocks before the soldiers started shooting sporadically abandoned the work and ran with other residents and workers who were scampering to safety.
About 65 of those arrested were handed over to the Maroko Police Division, which transferred them to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environment, while others were released at the army barrack where they were allegedly subjected to hard labour and made to sleep in the open field.
Narrating the incident, a food vendor, Rosaline Adedipe, who was an eyewitness, said the soldiers shot Ismaila because he refused to stop when they ordered him to do so.
“They shot him on the head. He was packing blocks when the army men started coming to his direction. People were running and Sadiq ran too. They told him to stop but he refused. He ran towards the fence and it was while he was standing by the fence that one of them told the other one: “Wait! I will kill him”.
“Then, that one fired a shot on his head and Sadiq died on the spot. By that time, they had arrested four other persons. They now told the four men to carry his body into their Hilux van and they fled the area. This is the spot where it happened. See his blood still showing on the ground, despite that sand was used to over it up.
“What the army people did was very wrong. Sadiq neither drank nor smoked. He was just doing his legitimate job and they killed him like that. Those behind it should be arrested. Let justice be done for Sadiq.”
Source – LIB