…we have launched an investigation

By Ike Uchechukwu

The Nigerian Army  has described the dehumanizing video clip of an officer pouring water on a female corps member as unacceptable and unprofessional.

The Nigerian Army in a statement signed, Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu and made available to newsmen said it has taken cognizance of said video clip and has already taken action as it has instituted an investigation into the matter .

“The Nigerian Army (NA)  has taken cognizance of a video clip currently  making the rounds on the social media, where a female officer was seen dehumanizing a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Calabar, Cross River State. 

“This act is not only condemnable, but unprofessional and  against established precepts of discipline in the Nigerian Army”

“The NA has remained undoubtedly the pride of the nation, a symbol of national unity that has consistently being in the vanguard of respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry.  

“It is against this premise that the NA condemns this unimaginable level of infraction by a  personnel in its ranks. 

“The NA therefore,  condemns in strong terms, this act of gross misconduct. Undoubtedly, the officer’s actions has caused the NA monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable. This unfortunate act of indiscipline does not in anyway represent the NA and will not be condoned in its entirety. 

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“For the records, the ugly incident happened in 13 Brigade, Calabar. The Brigade Commander immediately instituted an investigation and the  officer involved has been identified and sanctioned on the interim and would be made to undergo regimental orders (trial) in line with the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

“The submission that the Brigade attempted  covering up was therefore misleading, as the NA remains a professional force that  has zero tolerance for indiscipline amongst its personnel. 

“The NA wishes to reiterate and assure the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel.The NA also  reassures that the rights of the citizenry is sacrosanct and must be respected by all personnel of the NA, as any form of infraction will be severely dealt with. 

“Therefore, the general public is enjoined to continue to report such infractions, as Human Rights Desks in all formations of the NA are emplaced to deal decisively with such  erring personnel.

“The NA further wishes to tender unreserved apology to the victim, her family members, friends, National Youth Service Corps and to Nigerians in general for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the Corps member,” Nwachukwu stated.

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