The Nigeria Army’s 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, Kwara State, has detained a soldier for allegedly assaulting two female nurses at the Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, which is controlled by the Kwara State government.
The soldier is currently undergoing interrogation at Sobi Army Barracks, Ilorin.
According to sources, one of the nurses was injured in the ankle during the event.
Alhaji Shehu Aminu, the chairman of the state branch of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, verified the event.
Aminu stated that the event occurred on Friday at Okelele Primary Health Centre in Ilorin, which currently houses Sobi Specialist Hospital after being transformed to the state Isolation Centre during the COVID-19 epidemic last year.
He said that the soldier brought his pregnant wife, who had been attending an antenatal clinic at the hospital, to the hospital for birth.
He claimed that after admitting the soldier’s wife to the labor room, the nurse instructed the soldier to go get delivery packs, which comprised hand gloves and other preparations for delivery.
Instead of going to get the birth kits, the soldier informed the nurse that he would be unable to do so because the state government had given all of the materials at the hospital.
He added that not satisfied with the nurse’s explanation, the soldier became infuriated and headed to the doctor’s office and started beating the two nurses he met there.
“The soldier slapped one of the nurses who ran for her dear life while the other sustained ankle injury,” Aminu said.
He stated that the two nurses were treated at the hospital for their injuries, and that the association had reported the incident to the barracks.
St. Sgt Waziri, Public Relations Officer of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, verified the occurrence when contacted.
Waziri stated that the cantonment authorities has placed the soldier in the guard room for further questioning on the incident.
Aminu further claimed that the state administration reported the event to the Nigerian Army headquarters in Abuja, and that he was arrested and jailed in Ilorin.