Chima, however, declined to pay the balance after the person who painted the apartment, told him that Gilbert did not deliver all the paint.
It was learnt that the lawyer, Chima and his wife were in the restaurant at about 9pm on Sunday for a meeting on a landed property when Gilbert and the suspects in military camouflage stormed the facility and descended on Chima.
He said, “I was at the restaurant with my client and his wife to discuss a deal. We were waiting for someone when he received a call from a man (Gilbert), asking him where he was.
“A few minutes after, another person called him, threatening that they would catch him wherever he was. He was frightened and I asked him what happened.
“The moment I finished sending the distress call, Gilbert and three other men – two in army uniform and one dressed in Nigerian Navy uniform – barged into the restaurant. Gilbert ordered them to beat Solomon (Chima). I tried to calm them. They beat me up, dragged me on the floor, tore my shirt and poured alcohol on my head.”
It was gathered that several uniforms and a mask, among others, were recovered from Olanrewaju’s residence by the police.
Thirty-year-old Olanrewaju, an indigene of Abeokuta, Ogun State, who said he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2013, denied partaking in the assault.
He said, “I was at Abule Egba (Lagos State) on Sunday, when Joseph (Daniel) called me on the telephone.
“We asked him to let us go and caution the man. On getting to his house, we didn’t meet him.
Daniel, who hails from Enugu State, stated that he got the uniform from Olanrewaju, adding that Charles was a naval officer.
“I wore the uniform to avoid being harassed by security agents. I regretted my action.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest, said the case would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.