A pregnant woman hit with the bayonet of a rifle by an angry soldier died this morning at Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area in Delta State.
The incident happened at 7.45 am at a military checkpoint on Jakpa Junction, causing an irate mob to set a military vehicle ablaze.
The soldiers on duty at the checkpoint fled the scene soon after they observed that the woman, who initially slumped, had died.
Presently, there is tension in the area, while the police have deployed men to maintain peace.
Source said that the soldiers stopped the woman and the tricycle rider conveying her at the checkpoint for purportedly violating the no movement order during today’s Environmental Sanitation in the state.
The woman pleaded with the soldiers that she was rushing to attend a marriage ceremony, but when the soldiers refused all entreaties, the tricycle rider suspecting risks escaped.
His bold getaway incensed one of the soldiers, who visited her anger on the woman by wrathfully hitting her stomach with the bayonet of his gun, ripping her stomach in the process. She slumped immediately and died on the spot.
“Angry youths set ablaze the patrol van of the soldiers, who took to their heels as soon as they observed that the woman was dead,” an eyewitness said.