A yet-to-be identified husband has been beaten up by a combined team of men of policemen and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSDC) in Benin on Saturday after he allegedly refused to wear a face mask.

TREND9JA GATHER that the incident happened between 1 pm and 1:30 pm at the popular Lagos Street/Oba Market Street junction in downtown Benin.

It was also learnt that RESIDENT fled the area for fear of reprisal attack by soldiers who later stormed the area.

According to Tribune Online reports, the incident occurred barely 24 hours after the state government shut down all business activities in Lagos street over the refusal of traders and residents to comply with the state government’s directives to participate in the ongoing screening and testing exercise for corona-virus (COVID-19).

The testing was part of the measures put in place by the government to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

The soldier was in the company of his wife when the incident happened Saturday afternoon.

The soldier whose identity could not be ascertained was said to have refused repeated calls by the police officers and NSCDC officials to put on his face-mask.

According to an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, the soldier man who was on military khaki short tied a handkerchief on his neck while his wife did not properly put on her face-mask.

They alleged that the soldier showed his identity card to the policeman who dismissed it as a fake.

The witness said that the soldier was infuriated when one of the policemen pushed his wife with a gun in a bid to make her wear the mask.

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