Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Army detains 6 soldiers for allegedly brutalizing woman

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had detained six soldiers and set up a Board of Inquiry (BOI) over the brutality of a woman in Lagos State.

According to Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, spokesperson of 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, the incident involving soldiers of 174 Battalion, happened in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos State on 12 March.

The victim has been identified in various reports as Ruth Orji.

She claimed she was attacked by soldiers around 8:30pm.

According to reports, she was attacked for protesting after her brother was slapped by a soldier.

The Joint Legal Action Aids which is representing her has already sued the military authorities and asking for N250million in damages.

In their reaction to the incident, the military failed to disclose the names of the victim and her attackers.

Below is the statement by 81 Division:

“The attention of Headquarters 81 Division, Nigerian Army, has been drawn to the social media and Newspaper online reports on alleged brutalisation of a female by soldiers”.

“The incident occurred in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos state involving soldiers of 174 Battalion on Sunday, March 12.

“The alleged incident is highly regrettable, even as the division under the Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for inhuman treatment.

“Discipline remains the bedrock of the Nigerian Military Profession.

“It is quite disheartening when such incidences occur even though such incidences will not be treated with any laxity.

“Consequently, a Board of Inquiry has been constituted by the Commander 9 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Elias Attu.

“This is to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident, determine the level of the soldiers’ involvement, submit its findings and recommend appropriate disciplinary measures which will be communicated.

“The brutalised lady, name with held, has been taken to hospital where she is responding to treatment.

“The six soldiers, also names withheld, are being detained in regards to the incident.

“The Division remains committed to its tasks as part of the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian Army.

“The Division continues to enjoin all to be law abiding and count on their support and cooperation,” said Lt. Col. Daudu. (NAN)


  1. It is highly regrettable that this same behaviour of the Army continues to surface all the time. Thousands of civilised civilians are routinely brutalized and humiliated in public by those who are trained and sustained by their the tax-prayers money. I've travelled to many civilised part of the world, the army is a respectable institution. Do you know that after the first and business classes, the next privileged people to board the air craft are men of the armed forces especially thw military in respect and honour for the job they do. But unfortunately, in Nigeria the military men have lost their respect and honour among the people. They treat our people as nothing. They are always angry and inappraochable as if they are jealous of the civilians. They will largely tell you, that they can kill you and nothing will happen. Yeah and they have been killing, maiming and humiliating us for long. But now, the people are saying that enough is enough. The army must rise to their primary responsibility of civilian protection. After all they all have families. All citizens irrespective of grade are equal before the law. The humiliation of Ruth Orji is too bad, too wrong, one too many. Our civil responsibility must constrain the army to be civilised. You can take them to court if you are insulted by the soldiers.