Army arrests soldiers who brutalised crippled man in Onitsha

Chidi Samuel

Brig.Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations said that the Nigerian Army has identified and arrested two soldiers who allegedly brutalised a crippled man in New Market Road, Ontisha, in Anambra State.

In a statement released late on Wednesday the Army said that the soldiers had also been charged by their commanding officer.

Many Nigerians were shocked on Wednesday when a video showing the officers dragging and beating a crippled man for wearing a military camouflage went viral.

The statement by the Director, Army Public Relations Director, read, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip in which two soldiers were seen maltreating a physically challenged person for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt.

“We wish to inform the public that the incident took place on Tuesday 7th February 2017, at Onitsha, Anambra State.

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“In line with our zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts especially in relation to violation of human rights, we wish to further state that the soldiers involved have since been identified and apprehended.

“They have also been charged for assault by their Commanding Officer. Similarly, troops have been warned to desist from such acts that infringe on human rights and cast serious aspersions on the good image of the Nigerian Army.

“The public should please regard this ugly incident as an isolated case which is not true reflection of the Nigerian Army.”