Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state on Wednesday, December 30 apprehended two Airforce cadets in Mile 12 area of the state.
The Air Force Cadets – Abdullahi Fahad and Peter O. Solomon were apprehended for meting punishment on Dahiru Lawal for allegedly breaking the windscreen of a Chrysler Stratus car with registration number KRD 267 DV.
The apprehended cadets – Abdullahi Fahad (left) and Peter O. Solomon (right) Source: Vanguards
Vanguard reports that the cadets had forced Lawal in the boot of their car after dragging him on the ground for the said offence.
The two cadets are attached to the Airforce Base in Ikeja.
The victim was reportedly gasping for breath before Governor Ambode, who was returning from an inspection visit to Agbowa in Ikorodu intervened.
The governor who was disappointed at by the acts of the officers wondered why they would maltreat the victim for slightly breaking the windscreen of a car.
The air officers who admitted to the act claimed Lawal tried to escape after breaking the windscreen and ran into the nearby market where they eventually chased and apprehended him.
”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.
”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,” Peter said.
”We now run inside the market and dragged him (Lawal) down. I was even asking who he is working with because I want to see his Oga since I know he cannot repair my damaged windscreen. I want to see the man he is working with so that we can settle everything with him. I now told my colleague that we should hand him over to Airforce police at the Airforce Base,” Abdullahi said.
Narrating his ordeal, the victim, Dahiru Lawal an indigene of Kaduna state, said he ran into the market and they pursued him and caught him 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.
Lawal said he lost his cell phone and the sum of N5, 000.
Governor Akinwumi Ambode had since ordered that the suspects be handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.