Soldier in custody for allegedly stabbing motorcyclist in Lagos bar

16th April 2024

A yet-to-be-identified corporal in the Nigerian Army was said to have allegedly stabbed a commercial motorcyclist simply identified as Saheed Isa with a knife at a lounge at Itamaga in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident occurred on April 13 at about 3:00 p.m

It was also learnt that the soldier allegedly stabbed Isa as a result of a misunderstanding.

A police source in the division who pleaded anonymity, because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, told our correspondent that the soldier, who is attached to the 159 Battalion in Yobe State, allegedly stabbed the victim on the upper left side of his stomach with a gun-like jack knife.

“On April 13, 2024, at about 0300 hrs, the Chief Security Officer of a lounge at Itamaga, Ikorodu, Lagos reported at the Ikorodu Division that on the same date, at about 0200 hours, one CPL (name withheld), a serving member of the Nigerian Army attached to 159 Battalion, Yobe State, with a gun-like jack knife, stabbed one Saheed Isa, a commercial motorcyclist, on the upper left side of his stomach when a misunderstanding ensued between them at the bar.

The source added that the victim was seriously injured, adding that detectives from the division examined the crime scene, and the victim is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

“It thereby caused grievous injury. Detectives from the division visited the scene of the crime, and the victim was taken to the hospital for medical attention, where he was admitted and is responding to treatment,” the source said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hudeyin, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

He added that the suspect had been arrested and an investigation was going on.

He said, “The suspect has been arrested. The investigation is ongoing.”

In 2023, PUNCH Metro reported that men of the Ondo State Police Command arrested a soldier, Tope Kazeem, for allegedly stabbing one Bunmi Omodele in Akure, the state capital.

Kazeem is said to be attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, and was detained in police custody.


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