Soldiers allegedly assault protesting women in Delta
SOLDIERS yesterday reportedly pounced on hundreds of protesting women, some in their 80s, at Ovre-Eku, Ethiope East Local Council, of Delta State, flogging, booting and dispersing them with sheer brutality.
The women had gathered at a community land with placards and tree branches to protesting the alleged sale of the land to Presco Oil Limited by a Benin chief when the soldiers reportedly surfaced.
The land, situated on the boundary between Delta and Edo states, it was learnt, had had been in contention for a while.
The women had marched to the disputed land in their hundreds dressed in black attire and carried a coffin wrapped in palm fronds seeking to be addressed by officials of Presco Oil Limited but instead, soldiers emerged from within and ordered them to leave.