Army demotes soldiers that molested crippled man
The Nigerian Army has announced punishment for the soldiers that molested and beat up a crippled man for wearing army camouflage in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Army spokesman Brigadier-General Usman Sani Kukasheka said in a statement late on Friday, February 10 that the soldiers have been demoted and jailed for their actions which he said was an embarrassment to the Army.
The statement read:
“Sequel to the video clip of two soldiers maltreating a physically challenged man on the streets of Onitsha, Anambra State, last Tuesday, in line with our zero tolerance of infringement of human rights by troops, those involved! Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company, have been arrested, summarily tried based on 2 count charges and found guilty.
“Consequently, both have been sentenced to reduction in rank; from Corporal to Private Soldiers and 21 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) respectively, which includes forfeiture of 21 days pay to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army has also reached out to the victim of their unjustifiable assault, Mr. Chijoke Uraku (alias CJ), as widely reported by the media.
“We wish to reiterate our avowed determination to ensure that troops conduct themselves in the most orderly and professional manner at all times. Any act of indiscipline would not be tolerated.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army finally secured a meeting with the physically challenged man who was brutalised by some military personnel.
The Army made donations of clothing and other items to the crippled man after apologising for the behaviour of the overzealous soldiers that attacked him.