A soldier attached to the Joint Task Force has been accused of assaulting a retired Captain Yusuf Abdulmalik, spokesman for the Retired Army, Navy and Airforce Officers’ Club (RANAO).
The attack happened while the spokesman was driving along Club Road in Kano metropolis where the 71-year-old retired military officer was accosted by the soldier. He said he was driving along the road and had just passed a checkpoint manned by policemen and was waiting at a traffic light.
Abdulmalik then claimed a soldier approached him with threats and ordered that he move, accusing him of being a security threat. He added that the soldier became more belligerent when
“When he heard that I’m a retired captain, he became more abusive and daring. The soldier was not satisfied with all he insults poured on me and began to shoot into the air and at my vehicle while I was seated inside, damaging four of my tires. As I am talking to you now, my vehicle is parked by the roadside where the incident happened,” he said.
He alleged that the soldier forcefully inserted his fingers into his mouth and threatened to extract his tongue. The retired army officer said onlookers protested against the harsh treatment by the soldier.
JTF spokesman, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha denied the allegations and said the retired officer has refused to play by the rules, boasting about his former career. He says his soldier has no culpability in the harassment claim.