Read How Civil Defence Officers Seriously Assault A TraderOfficers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has reportedly brutalized a trader, Abdulahi Ibrahim on September 18.
They reportedly shaved the shop owner's hair and stuffed it into his mouth, based on his stance on a mobile phone charger purchased by an NSCDC official in Gombe.
Ibrahim who runs a phone accessories shop at Arawa Market in Gombe town, said he refused to replace the charger, valued at N1,500, after selling it to Bala Yayari, an Assistant Superintendent of the Corps, who later claimed it was defective.
He said he refused because his shop assistant, who sold the charger, tested and certified it okay before the officer left with it. It was at that moment that two NSCDC officials bundled him into their waiting Peugeot 406 car and took him to their office.
There, he was severely beaten. He said: "The official later brought out a pair of scissors and asked me to kneel down and he shaved my hair. The officers then asked me to hold my ears while still kneeling down. .
Then they asked me to give them the N1500. One of them forced his hand into my pockets and located the money in it. He removed only N1500 and returned the rest to me. Finally they asked me to frog jump out of the premises” .
A group of activists in the state said it was taking the matter to court because the NSCDC officer is allegedly notorious for such flagrant abuse of official power. When contacted, the commandant of NSCDC in Gombe State, Shem Sunday, said his command was investigating the incident.