Army investigates viral video of soldier assaulting Lagos motorist

Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Army says it has begun investigation on the assault of a motorist at Obalende area of Lagos by a man dressed in military uniform.

The incident was said to have occurred on Monday evening opposite Kam Salem Police Station on Moloney Street, Lagos Island.

General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Musa Yusuf, said on Thursday: “Intelligence and Military Police commanders are handling that. We are trying to trace the soldier and where he is serving.”

The soldier named as Duru was said to have driven a Honda Acura with number plate, Oyo AE 996 YYY against traffic.

In the background of the video, a female occupant of the vehicle is heard crying as the soldier assaults the driver.

Duru was joined by two others in the assault.

“This happened around 5:16 p.m. on Moloney Street, Lagos Island opposite the Police Office/Kam Salem house. We were on the right side of the road coming from Obalende but had to stop as there was an oncoming vehicle in our way. This vehicle should have been on the left side,” the lady captioned the video.

“We hooted several times but the vehicle refused to move. We then heard other disgruntled drivers murmur, ‘na soldier oh’ and so we reversed in an attempt to wriggle our way out peacefully.

“But to our surprise, the soldier reversed and intentionally drove forward to hit our car. These videos show the altercation right from when we were wrongly hit.”