A terrible accident happened at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Onikoko, Adigbe area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in the early hours of October 30, 2013, Wednesday, when six naval rating officers pounced on one of the civilian teachers in the school and beat him to stupor over a minor argument between them.
The victim, Rasheed Ibrahim (pictured), could have been killed by the naval officers without the quick intervention of the Commandant.Ibrahim, a Senior Food and Nutrition teacher in the school since 1998, was ordered rushed by the Commandant first to the School sickbay for first aid treatment from where he was transferred to the FMC, Abeokuta.
According to P.M. News, the trouble started following an argument between the victim and one of the rating officers identified as Aliyu. This later snowballed into some commotion in the school premises.
“I saw them arguing, the argument dragged for a short time, I felt that it was a minor argument, so I did not intervene,” an eyewitness told the reporters.
“It happened around 7.15 a.m. At that time I saw Aliyu trying to drag Mr. Ibrahim out of his car and he succeeded. Another officer, Oyerinde, later instructed Aliyu to beat him up. That was how the whole issue started. In the process, another Senior Officer, Shodiya, came out from his vehicle and joined them, while other rating officers pounced on him to the extent that they used their thick belts on him until it got tore into pieces. All my attempts and that of others to pacify them were rebuffed.
“This was not the first time it will happen, this is the sixth time in two years that civilians working in the School here have been brutalised and nothing has been done”, the eyewitness explained.
When P.M. News tried to contact the Commandant of the School, Commodore M A Olatunji, on the phone to comment on the incident, he neither confirmed nor denied it, but declined to give further comments, saying he need to get clearance from the authority before he could make a statement.