A Nigerian Army Major identified as Ahmed Dirisu, recently caused a stir in Lagos, when he invaded Mebamu Car shop with armed soldiers, brutalized every person in sight, impounded cars and other valuables displayed for sale.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that Major Dirisu’s military-style invasion, which was likened to scenes in American movies, created panic as residents scampered to safety.
The Soldier was alleged to have impounded two vehicles, some valuable items, which he carted away to their Military Cantonment in Ojo, a suburb of Lagos
The incident happened at Mebamu vehicle dealers market in the Ojo area of Lagos, where Major Dirisu allegedly dislodged the traders; carted away about two fairly used Toyota Camry cars and vehicle keys.
It gathered that after forcefully seizing the items, some of the dealers, Ephraim Uzezi, Larry Kelechi, Rukeme George, and customers who were there to purchase a car were not spared as Major Dirisu reportedly assaulted and detain them for hours in the barracks.
It was also learned that since the incident happened on 18th January 2021, the victims were said to have made every effort to recover the vehicles but to no avail.
Pleading to the new chief of Army staff to save their lives, the victims said that their lives are been threatened as they went into hiding.
Our investigation revealed that Major Dirisu said he took laws into his hands over a failed business between him and his classmate, Mr. Festus Omuokor.
Dirisu claimed that Omuokor failed to remit the money from a transaction worth N1.5m, which they had, after deceiving him that he is a car dealer in the market.
“Festus claimed he is a dealer in the market, but unfortunately, he was just a vendor who hangs around the market to look for buyers, “the dealers said.
Following the resistance of the military authority to order for the release of the items, the owners have written a petition to the AIG Zone 2 Onikan, Lagos, seeking for the intervention of the AIG to prevail on Major Dirisu to release the seized items.
In a petition to the AIG dated 25th January 2021, through the Chambers of Lawsuits & Action, located at Ajao Estate, signed by Barrister D. M. Anyama, they urged the AIG to intervene in the matter.
The petition stated that the clients’ vehicles parked at Adeola Street, Sign Board Bus Stop, Kilometre 22, Badagry Expressway, Ojo, Lagos, were impounded by a group of soldiers on the directive of Major Dirisu of the Army Military Cantonment (Toyota Camry 2003 and 2005). And they unlawfully seized the vehicles including car keys belonging to other vehicles owners displayed for sales.
It stated that Major Dirisu had a business transaction with one Festus Omuko and the deal went bad and Dirisu could not recover his money from Festus.
It stated that the man in question, Festus Omuko, does not own any of the seized vehicles or keys to other vehicles seized by Major Dirisu.
It further stated that the impounded vehicles and items do not belong to the clients but were in their care for sales by the owners, who are now terrorising them.
“Our clients are helpless and attempt to reach out to Major Dirisu, which resulted in threats to their lives as when Major Dirisu were impounding their vehicles, he brought out his service pistol and threatened to shoot the owners of the vehicles.
“They are appealing to the Military authority, other security agencies to come to their aid because of the situation they found themselves as Major Dirisu insisted that the owners of the items should bring his money before he would release the items, which do not belong to Festus Omuko.”
It was also gathered that the person involved in the transaction with Army Major, Mr. Festus Omuko, has been arrested by the Police to be handed over to Major Dirisu. But the Army Major has refused to appear insisting that he wants his money from the innocent traders.