A commercial sex worker has stabbed a soldier attached to the Joint Military Task Force to death for failing to pay for her service after engaging her till day break. The soldier (name withheld), was reportedly stabbed twice with knife in the stomach by the prostitute. The unnamed prostitute is said to be a Bini lady from from Edo State.
Punch reports that the incident, which occurred about 4.00am on Tuesday, threw the popular ‘Red Light zone’ on Hospital Junction along DSP Alamieyeseigha Way, Yenagoa, into pandemonium. Most of the customers that slept over with other prostitutes in their shanties, quickly dressed up to avoid being detected by onlookers who thronged the area.
Some sex workers, who spoke with PUNCH Metro claimed that the stabbing forced the intestines of
the soldier to come out and he bled profusely.
However, others said the soldiers died later on Wednesday, today, at an undisclosed hospital where he was rushed to.
A prostitute, who wished not to be quoted, said the cause of the stabbing was the alleged refusal of the soldier to pay after having bouts of sex with the prostitute.
“When the prostitute asked for her money in the morning, the soldier refused to give her. Then argument ensued between the prostitute and the soldier. The prostitute was angry that after enjoying himself, the soldier refused to pay her. In the ensuing argument, the prostitute grabbed her knife stabbed him (the soldier) in the stomach.”
Another source, who identified himself only as Chika, said the reported death of the soldier caused panic in the area with sex workers running away due to anticipated reprisals by soldiers.
“The incident has created fear among the prostitutes. If you come hear now, the prostitutes have deserted the area. We heard argument coming from the prostitute’s room. The next thing we saw was the soldier struggling with blood flowing from the wounds in his stomach.”
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilary Opara, confirmed the incident.
Opara said the suspected prostitute had been arrested.
“The suspect has been arrested and the incident is being investigated. However, we have yet to receive report that he died. The soldier is recuperating in the hospital.”
Efforts to reach JTF spokesman, Mustapha Anka, a lieutenant colonel, for comments, were not successful. He simply said he was in a meeting.