The victim of brutality allegedly carried out by Naval officers from Ogorode Sapele Naval Engineering College, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, during a clash in “Mess 20,” a popular local restaurant in Sapele, on August 8, Mrs. Evelyn Wilkie, has send a Save Our Soul, SOS, to President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Emmanuel Udughan of Delta State to come to her aid.
She asked for their aid to help offset the huge hospital bill she incurred following multiple surgeries she underwent to correct her left knee and ankle, where some Naval Officers allegedly inflicted deep cuts on her with battle axe.
While narrating her ordeal to Vanguard, yesterday, on her hospital bed in Sapele, Mrs. Wilkie said she was attacked with battle axe during the clash between her three restaurant female workers and a senior Naval officer.
She said the officer came to the restaurant with his wife for lunch. She said when the Naval officer got his food, his wife, who made separate requisition, asked why her food was cold and accused the attendants of serving her soured food, an accusation the attendants denied. Mrs. Willkie noted that all explanation by the attendants to convince the officer’s wife that their food was not sour fell on deaf ears. Then the Naval officer’s wife slapped one of the attendants.
She said the attendants, whom the naval officer’s wife slapped protested and cautioned the officer’s wife not to repeat same, adding that the Naval officer and his wife then began to beat the attendant.
She added that the said officer and his wife retreated when the attendants jointly protested, only for them to resurface 30 minutes later with a bus-load of Naval men, who broke the restaurant door, which the attendants had locked against themselves, while they hit and cut one of her sons and herself (Mrs. Wilkie) with battle axe and iron rods.
She also said that the Naval men shot sporadically into the air to scare people away.
When contacted, Base Commander of the Ogorode Sapele Naval College, Commandant J. D. Jaja, absolved his men of culpability and said no sane Naval officer could use battle axe to inflict cuts on a restaurant woman, let alone shooting sporadically on civilians when there was no war.
Commander Jaja also said that the brawl might have been by criminals, who were dressed in Navy uniform.