Nigerian soldiers allegedly flogged an elderly woman, a food seller, to death recently in Nasarawa state, North-Central Nigeria, for allegedly violating the lockdown order in the state, according to a report by a non-government organisation.
The report was released by CLEEN Foundation on June 1.
Additional information provided on Sunday evening to PREMIUM TIMES by the spokesperson of CLEEN Foundation, Anna White-Agbo, has it that the incident happened in the morning of May 11 in Tammah area of Nasarawa Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.
The soldiers were reportedly going around the area, flogging and chasing away traders who had come out to sell their goods.
The food seller was said to have stood back, instead of running away with others. She was said to have told the officers that her family would die of hunger if she did not come out to sell, which prompted the officers to flog her continuously until “she dropped dead”.
The incident is said to have been reported to the police in Nasarawa State.
The police spokesperson in the state, Ramhan Nansel, however, told PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday evening, that he was not aware of the incident.
The food seller, according to the report by CLEEN, was among the 36 people unlawfully killed by Nigerian security officials since the restriction of movement was introduced nationwide to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
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