How Soldiers beat me mercilessly — Reps member

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Member representing Buruku federal constituency in Benue State Hon. Kpam Sokpo, has told of his ordeal at the hands of some cruel soldiers on the eve of Governorship and Assembly elections in a hotel in Gboko, Benue State.

Sokpo was elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic party (PDP), defected to Labour Party (LP) after his failed bid for a second term bid .

He also lost the general election to All Progress Congress , APC, Sekav Iortyom on February, 25.

Recounting what he suffered: “I don’t know what came over them. I came to the hotel where I was staying in Gboko, Old Barn Resort around 2:30am and about five trucks filled with over 60 soldiers.

“I sat there with some of my friends. When they alighted from their vehicles they just took position.

“I got up from where I was sitting to do something and one of them approached me and asked why I was walking in the manner I was walking.

“As I was talking he slapped me in the face. I asked why he did that and introduced myself as a House of Representatives member.

“I asked him that he does not know me and just slapped me in the face?

“Before I knew what was happening more than 30 soldiers just pounced on me using the butt of their guns to injured me.

“As I speak with you I have stitches on my face, on my head and I have all kinds of injuries on my body.

“While this was going on, their Commanding Officer came in and calmed the situation. Shortly after they went on to harass me and collected everything in my car including piece of papers .

“The one who started assaulting me threatened that he could even kill me. I did not get their names because they removed their name tags before assaulting me.

“Believe me, I do not know why they did this to me. I have gone to the hospital to stitch the cuts and treat myself, but I have reported the matter to the Police and the Security Adviser to the Governor of Benue State.”

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