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AMBODE ORDERS ARREST OF AIR FORCE CADETS FOR INHUMANE TREATMENT OF CIVILIAN


The convoy of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday apprehended two Airforce cadets in Mile 12 area of the State while dehumanizing an artisan.

The artisan, Dahiru Lawal allegedly broke the windscreen of a Chrysler Stratus car with registration number KRD 267 DV.

Governor Ambode, who was returning from an inspection visit to Agbowa in Ikorodu, saw the situation and swiftly intervened to save Lawal who was gasping for breath.

The cadets – Peters O. Solomon and Abdullahi Fahad, who claimed to be Airforce personnel attached to the Airforce Base in Ikeja, had forced Lawal into the boot of their car after dragging him on the ground for the said offence. They admitted to putting Lawal in the boot of their car when journalists asked them.

“What happened is that the boy broke the windscreen in front of my car. When I stopped, I asked him to come, the boy ran away. We have to drag him back and put him in the boot,” Peter said.

“I kind of threatened his boss that he is working with and when his boss came and looked at what he did to me, that was when I put him inside the boot for the remaining ones to go and call the boss. Not that I locked the boot, I only put him inside the boot, but I did not lock the boot,” he said.

While narrating his ordeal in the hands of the cadets, Lawal who hails from Kaduna State, said he mistakenly damaged the windscreen with the load he carried, and that he took to his heels because he was afraid of what they might do to him.

“I ran into the market and they pursued me and caught me inside the market. They started beating me and dragged me to their car.
“I ran because I was afraid of what the cadets might do to me, while my boss and people around begged on my behalf, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

“The police also came to plead with them to open the boot but they insisted on taking me away and it was at that point that the convoy of the Governor arrived to rescue me from the boot of the car where they kept me,” Lawal said.

The Governor, who wondered why anyone should treat a fellow human being in such inhumane way ordered that the suspects be handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.