- Justus Tamunoala Jim-Halliday, a native of bonny, Rivers state laments on how he suffered in the hands of Nigerian soldiers who accused him of being a cultist.
- He was made to lie down in gutter water for 3 hours.
- His story is an eye-opener on how some nigerians suffer daily in the hands of security agents over false accusations.
Read his full story here (unedited):
The lock down in Bonny started yesterday and to the best of my knowledge there was more than 80% compliance by residence.
Today, after observing from my Junction which was on the main road of people passing with nose mask and a tangible reason, I walked down to the army men where they were sitted and told them to i wanted to pick up a CHARGER from two shops away (and this was my CRIME).
They person In-charged laughed and told me that it wasn't hospital emergency or food but charger. The next thing without telling me to go back home or go to where I wanted, one of them told me to hold on to a piller for strokes of wipe (this to me was a joke cause I didn't see a reason for that). The next thing was a wipe sound close to my ear and before I turned the man was raising his hands for another one so I held his hands and asked "Why should he flog me and what was my offence?"
While talking, 3 more approached and was trying to overpower me to get wipped and one was actually hitting me with the head of a GUN. I laughed at him and said,"Hmmmm.. ok" the man in-charge tried to slap me for my exclamation. Then one of them 'Cracked a gun' and told me he would shoot me.
Surprisingly, we had the Bonny Local Government Covid-19 team in a bus at the junction of Akiama where this incident is taking place with Bright Hart and Comr Williams Ogbah Agwu in the bus (watching or not, I can't tell but honestly it is stupid not to notice a struggle like that).
After all the struggle, the man in charge told them to leave me and told me to follow him. Which I did and he order me to lie inside a dirty water (which is there normal punishment for civilians and which also stands as abuse of power).
Shortly, a man with higher rank came by and put handcuffs on me like a criminal and told me to still stay inside the water (Note: None of these persons in uniform had a name tag because I carefully checked apart from the officer who handcuffed me and his aide).
5mins later, Williams and Bright with same bus came back to have words with the higher ranking officer and he in turn, came to tell me I would be following him to the barracks and he had somewhere to go that his boys should leave me there. I was inside the water for 3 hours. My people, I saw hell as I was told to also drink from the water and lick the moody black stuff in there. For this same 3 Hours I kept calm and obeyed every instruction.
The higher authority left and I was still been manhandled like a thief and was getting abuses. They asked who I was and I told them I am a NOBODY just a Bonny son with the name JUSTUS T. JIM-HALLIDAY.
3 Hours later, while still handcuffed in a dirty water with my face inside; I was allowed to stand up by the higher authority on his return. In the background was talks about, "THEM SAY MAKE THEM WASTE AM SAY HIM BE TROUBLE MAKER FOR THE KINGDOM." I smiled at that statement. The higher authority then asked, "WHICH CULT YOU BELONG AND WHO BE YOUR LEADER?" I Replied, "I am not a cultist. They checked for tattoos on my body and found none (thank God say I no follow Wear tattoo during my early days if not maybe I would have been dead by now).
He replied, "SO IF YOU NO BE CULTIST WHICH OTHER PROBLEMS YOU THEY CAUSE FOR THE TOWN WA THEM DEY CALL MAKE WE WASTE YOU FOR." and then it rang on me that this is not suppose to be normal because I have never in my life in Bonny Island be known for anything negative talk more of cause a problem to the point where someone would place a call for me to be shoot. I told you this, "IF THIS CALL IS FROM LGA COUNCIL, THEN IT MEANS ME TELLING THEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING IS THE PROBLEM THEN I AM A PROBLEM PERSON."
He told me he is allowing me go cause he thinks I am more educated than whatever is happening and I should go.
I only want to know what I did wrong by approaching them first or was it the fact that I wanted to collect a charger or was it the fact I questioned why I should be flogged?
I also want to know why I would be KILLED cause I wanted a charger or cause I speak the truth for the betterment of my beloved Kingdom which my father on his dying bed aslo was trying to fight for or is the fact that there is Covid-19 in Bonny which I was the first person who also alermed the government about.
I really want to know the crime I committed.