Kate Michael(pictured) is a hairdresser and owns Beebee Home of Makeup and Hair Studio in Kaduna. The Kaduna Polytechnic graduate yesterday influenced eight soldiers to beat some shop owners at the popular Makarfi Plaza after she found out that a Smartphone she bought was slightly defective.
Kate who had bought the phone for N90,000 about two weeks ago returned it last week on the premise that the camera was no longer working.
According to the seller of the phone, Mohammed Rabiu, he collected it from the lady and after snapping more than 10 shots and the lady refused to accept the phone, he told her that he was going to observe the phone for 24 hours before he could change it for her if truly the phone was faulty.
However, Kate chose to inform her soldier boyfriend about the situation, and led by one Lieutenant Mohammed Hamji, eight soldiers stormed the shop where she purchased the phone, assaulting everybody including a customer, and whisked away a sale boy.
According to Rabiu, “after they arrested my boy last Friday, we went to their place around Ungwan Kaji to secure the release of the boy, but they told us to go and bring another phone if we don’t want the case to go beyond their own level. We brought another phone but the lady refused to collect it. She said she wanted her money back.
“So, we too reported the case at Magajin Gari Police Station and the lady too was arrested. But this morning eight soldiers led by one Lt. M. Hamji stormed my shop and started beating everyone, including a customer. In fact, they injured one of my colleagues.
“As I am talking to you now, the soldiers said they were directed by GOC and they have gone away with my sales boy, Ibrahim Mohammed to an unknown destination, after handcuffing him”, Rabiu narrated.
But, when contacted on phone, the spokesman of 1 Division Nigerian Army, Col. Abdul Usman said, the GOC can never give such instruction to any officer of soldier to go and harass civilians.
He however alleged that, the accused Lt. Hamji was a fake Army officer who has been wanted by the Army.
When asked about the Army vehicle (DIS 111 FER/005) used to convey soldiers to the scene of the attack, Col. Usman said, maybe the fake officer used his rank to command the soldiers to accomplish his mission.