February 10, 2017

2 soldiers who physically assaulted cripple for wearing camouflage arrested

2 soldiers who physically assaulted cripple for wearing camouflage arrested

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By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

Nnewi—The Nigerian Army, yesterday, said it has arrested two soldiers that maltreated a physically challenged person in Onitsha, Anambra State for allegedly wearing army camouflage uniform.

The victim was said to have been beaten up by the soldiers who demanded that he must remove the camouflage uniform but he resisted the soldier’s action along New Market Road, Onitsha.

A statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Col. Sagir Musa, said the soldiers were identified through a video clip while maltreating the man. He described the action as a gross professional misconduct.

He said: “The attention of the Headquarters, 82 Division of Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip of two military police soldiers maltreating a physically challenged person along New Market Road, Onitsha, for allegedly wearing army camouflage uniform.

“The division has, with great concern, studied the video, identified and arrested the perpetrators of this gross professional misconduct.

“It is our position that their action does not reflect the attitude of today’s Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Turkur Yusuf Buratai. The action is uncalled for, unwarranted and is, therefore, condemnable by all civilized people/organization.

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“The soldiers have been tried at the unit level and referred to higher level for appropriate punishment commensurate to the offence committed.

“The Nigerian Army always preaches tolerance, respect for others and peaceful co-existence. The Army of today has consistently maintained zero tolerance for indiscipline and human rights violation.

“Whatever human right infraction is seen, appropriate sanction will be applied to serve as deterrence to others. This case would not be an exception.”