Tragic! Soldiers Allegedly Stomps On 20 Months Old Baby During Morning Raid In Delta State

Published On: April 12, 2016, 7:50 am (4 years ago)
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-- Online (f) at 12-04-2016 07:50 AM

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Soldiers from  the 4th Brigade, Benin, Edo State attached to Presco Oil Plc, Ovre-Eku, in Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State have been accused of stomping a 20 month old baby to death during an early morning raid at Eku community.

The soldiers, it was gathered, stormed the community, last Wednesday, in company of some policemen in three Hilux vans in search of youths suspected to have burnt down an excavator belonging to the company.

The company and the community have been at logger-heads over the former’s alleged acquisition of a disputed land, which did not go down well with indigenes of the community.

Recounting her ordeal to Niger Delta Voice, mother of the baby, Mrs. Maureen Atori, explained that she was in bed with her husband, Mr. Collins Atori when the door to their apartment was smashed open by a team of angry looking soldiers and policemen who tried to forcefully take her husband away.

According to her: “As they (soldiers and policemen) were beating my husband and dragging him on the ground, I and my second son were pleading with them to tamper justice with mercy and leave him alone. It was during the commotion that one of the soldiers stomped on my baby, David.”

Continuing, Mrs. Atori, who also suffered injury on her leg, said: “Though it did not occur to me that the impact on my baby was that serious as I was more concerned about the whereabouts of my husband, until he (David) started acting strange and later died as he was being rushed to the hospital.”



Meanwhile, hundreds of youths from the community, weekend, took to the streets in protest over the incident with an appeal to the Delta State government to caution the management of the company and also set up an investigation panel.

The youths, who described the action of the security operatives as reminiscent of the dark days of the military era, lamented that "though the country is in democratic dispensation, citizens are being brutalized and molested by soldiers in a 'slave and master' manner."

Though attempts to get the comment of the 4th Brigade Army Public Relations Officer, Eromosele J. Unuakhalu proved abortive as at press time, a police source at the Abraka police station, who spoke on condition of anonymity, dismissed as untrue the claim by Mrs. Atori that security operatives stomped on her baby.

He said the security operatives only arrested Collins, father of the late infant and two others, Shedrack and Christopher Usobotie fingered in the alleged burning of an excavator belonging to the company and that matter is being investigated.

Condemning the incident that led to the death of the infant, the member representing Ethiope East constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Iwhurie, said: “As the lawmaker representing the area in the state House of Assembly, I will not sit back and watch this recurring sad development.

When I was informed about the incident, I contacted the District Officer of Eku police post, who informed me that no such entry as regards the incident was made at his police post, instead a similar entry was entered at the Abraka police station where Presco had filed a petition and made an entry to embark on the arrests made.

Personally, I will not allow this kind of criminality to happen under my watch while my people are being brutalized and molested over their land by a company using soldiers from the 4th Brigade and policemen to intimidate and harass them.”



-- Aniagain (m) at 12-04-2016 08:06 AM
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U know we are in democracy and u took law into ur own hands by burning down a company's excavator?   Wen u bring home an ant infested firewood what do u expect frm lizards? Of all the people in that community it was only ur husband and two others that were arrested...hmmm! I strongly believe no soldier stomped (Stumbled) on ur son, but I prefer to allow God be d judge . RIP baby David

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-- Passion8Soul (f) at 12-04-2016 08:15 AM
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Too bad...it is well
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-- kabu-kabu (m) at 12-04-2016 08:38 AM
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Quote from: Anietie Moses on 12-04-2016 08:06 AM
U know we are in democracy and u took law into ur own hands by burning down a company's excavator?   Wen u bring home an ant infested firewood what do u expect frm lizards? Of all the people in that community it was only ur husband and two others that were arrested...hmmm! I strongly believe no soldier stomped (Stumbled) on ur son, but I prefer to allow God be d judge . RIP baby David

May the fate of that baby be visited on your sorry illiterate block head ass!
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-- Donchijoz (m) at 12-04-2016 08:51 AM
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Unknown soldier. Naija.country you can experience anything
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-- gogoman (m) at 12-04-2016 09:08 AM
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tragedy in naija
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-- Sparky12 (m) at 12-04-2016 09:32 AM
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bastard soldier... lyf goes on
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-- Wealthmide (m) at 12-04-2016 10:21 AM
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may God just have mercy ooo...
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-- AmazingMarie (f) at 12-04-2016 10:34 AM
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if this is try too bad
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-- Harrybeatzz (m) at 12-04-2016 10:37 AM
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Na one of those things RIP to death
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-- morgrawl231 (m) at 12-04-2016 10:50 AM
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Some soldiers na wereh,,,so one should just let dem be...
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-- Buncho (m) at 12-04-2016 02:14 PM
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Make Dem Catch 'em Nah?Huh? Jooo Ooo
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-- christianity (m) at 12-04-2016 03:11 PM
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so what has the lil baby got to do with dis dat warrants his demise??God make this animals in uniform to start behaving like humans.
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-- diezo (m) at 12-04-2016 03:44 PM
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NOT NEW SMALL TIME U GO HERE SAY WE WILL INVESTIGATE BUT D TRUTH OF D MATTER BE SAY NA UNKNOWN SOLDIER SO CASE CLOSE ANYWAYS GOD DEY SHA BUT MAKE THEM TRY REMEMBER SAY PERSON NO WELL ANOTHER PERSON WEY WELL COME DEY TAKE TABLET FOR PERSON WEY NO WELL NA WHO NO COME WELL يراقب الله !!!
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-- slimmygal (f) at 12-04-2016 06:53 PM
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may d soul of d innocent kid rest in peace.
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-- kison (m) at 12-04-2016 09:54 PM
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NEXT TIME Be careful, be very very careful,CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL...
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-- dickieponga (m) at 12-04-2016 10:42 PM
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Animals in human skin....
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-- Eazyatumeyi (m) at 12-04-2016 10:51 PM
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Quote from: sanusi modele on 12-04-2016 06:53 PM
may d soul of d innocent kid rest in peace.
amen o
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-- Mikexp (m) at 13-04-2016 05:28 AM
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their Jau jau too much na
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-- CHRISETTE (f) at 13-04-2016 06:23 AM
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This people need to be assured and reminded that this is our land
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