The Headquarter of the Nigerian Army has reacted to the video spanning on social media where a Military Officer serving in the 13th Brigade Command of the Nigeria Army in Calabar Lt. Chika Viola Anele, was caught dehumanizing a female youth Corps member, Ezeiruaku Ifenyinwa Fidelia.

Condemning the officers actions, Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, opined that the officer’s actions has caused the Nigerian Army  ‘monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable’.

Declaring its stand, Army said that it has 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.

Read the full statement below:

“OFFICER DEHUMANIZING CORPS MEMBER IN VIDEO HIGHLY UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNACCEPTABLE

“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 NA.

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“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.

“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.”

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