Army arrests soldiers who brutalized physically-challenged man in Onitsha


The Nigerian Army has identified and arrested two soldiers who brutalised a physically-challenged man in New Market Road, Ontisha, in Anambra State, allegedly for wearing a camouflage shirt.

In a video which went viral on Wednesday, the officers are seen dragging and beating the crippled man after throwing away his wheelchair.

The army in a statement released on Wednesday night said the soldiers had been apprehended and charged by their commanding officer.

Below is the full statement:

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.

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.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations

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February 9, 2017 at 10:49 AM delete

Are you kidding me?

It is definitely not an isolated incident. It is a common practice-for anything in uniform to infringe on human rights of Nigerians, every second of the day.

It is mendacious for the Army to issue such a traitorous statement. Absolutely fallacious.

They don't have to go far at all to uncover more of their atrocious barbarism on Nigerians.

Years of previous military administrations have ensured the wounded psyche of Nigerians, who are abysmally afraid of authority figure.
Why do you think many are afraid to protests the nonsense happening in our government? Believe me,it is not only because of our primordial pursuit of pleasure, but our immense phobia of anything uniform. In fact to keep armed robbers or other animals away from your house hang an Army Uniform on your fence, it worked better than having 10 pit bulls in your yard.
Lol....is it good or bad? It depends on who you are, but i dont think it is funny at all.
Many people are even afraid to come out and say anything negative about the Army for fear of repercussions.
The Nigerian Psyche is of those living in a Military dictatorial government.
Yes, we have a democracy, but the Military still live in a world carved out on their own, they play security part time to the crooks we have in government,so Nigerians are exceedingly afraid for their derriere.
There is no better example like what we witnessed when the Govr of Oyo State, asked one of his puppets to go into the crowd of protestors and hand him a man exercising his right as a citizen.In a civilized culture it is enough to get him impeached if his security were to touch an unarmed protestor. It will clearly be the case of an assault- unwanted touch, ordered by the executive Gov of a State.

The Army/Military should come out and educate the people on what their roles are as civil denfense officers, protectors of the integrity of the country not those who harrass the people they vowed to protect.
Even crazier is our lame duck Judiciary who will pussyfoot on bringing charges for fear of the wrath of the Army.
What a Jungle we live in...

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