Our Correspondent, Calabar.
Military men attached to Homeland Security in Cross River have brutalized a taxi driver who dropped a passenger in front of them.
The incident which occurred on Monday morning by 10am around the IBB/Etta Agbo roundabout in Calabar, Cross River State capital left the taxi man seriously injured.
The taxi driver was beaten to a pulp, tore his dresses and eventually maimed him. The military men numbering about two men and a female however, called for re-enforcement from other homeland security that was driving pass.
DAILY NEWS gathered that the men in the vehicle numbering about five joined their colleagues and descended on the driver but he narrowly escaped being lynched.
An eyewitness who gave his name as Matthew Okon lamented the action of the military men whom he said were kept there to protect civilians against attack by hoodlums, kidnappers and armed robbers.
“These men were kept there to protect us from hoodlums, kidnappers and armed robbers but they now abandoned such duty to attack innocent taxi driver.
“The taxi driver who didn’t really understand his offense after he dropped a passenger in front of where the officers were seated by the road was told to alight from his taxi and lie down on the road by two armed officers while the third, a female was still seated and did nothing.
“The driver was still pleading with the officers, unexpected slaps and kicks were rained on him from the two military officers in camouflage without name tags.
“As the brutality continued, the taxi driver make an efforts to escape for his dear life and the officers stopped another security vehicle that was passing by asking for horse whips” he said..
The vehicle which had about five armed officers of the Homeland Security stopped and they all trooped out, running towards the location of the incident causing a mini confusion as passersby scampered for their life, the witness said.
It was gathered that the brutalized driver ran further away on seeing the men running towards him and out of anger the officers destroyed the four tires of the taxi that was still parked where it stopped.
At the time of filling this report, 3.00pm the vehicle of the taxi driver (Audit 80) was still parked in front of the military men while the driver was nowhere to be found.
When contacted, on phone on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) said she was not aware of the incident, “I am not aware of the incident”
But the Army Public Relations Officer Major Ngozi Okoro said she called the Officer in charge of the command and inform him about the incident..
She further said that the officer spoke with them on phone and declined to disclose what was discussed.
“I called him and informed him about the incident. He called them on phone and discussed with the officers. I don’t know what they discussed” she stated.