Nigerian Army arrests two soldiers for molesting physically challenged man

Soldiers molesting physically challenged man in Anambra
Soldiers molesting physically challenged man in Anambra

The Nigerian army says it has arrested two of its officers seen in a video clip molesting a physically challenged man for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt.

The video clip which went viral on the internet shows two unidentified soldiers whipping a crippled man, while people who had gathered around watched helplessly.

The army in a statement released on Thursday by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the incident took place on February 7 in 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,” Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said.

Mr. Usman said the soldiers have been charged with assault by their commanding officer.

He added that the military has warned troops to desist from infringing on the human rights of citizens in order not to “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 (a) true reflection of the Nigerian Army,” Mr. Usman said.


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  • musa aliyu

    Good. Deal with the overzealous ones

  • thusspokez

    “The public should please regard this ugly incident as an isolated case which is not (a) true reflection of the Nigerian Army,” Mr. Usman said.

    I thank the VP for this response. He is currently in-charge of the country and a strong supporter of human rights.

    As for “isolated case”, the army’s response to this brutality is indeed an “isolated case”– in the past the army would have defended or ignored the barbarity of their officers against Nigerians.

  • Julius

    They should also be dismissed and prosecuted.

  • Folake Ibiyemi

    They should be named and shamed!!!

  • Epsilon_Delta

    PREMIUMTIMES help us identify this victim, many Nigerians will like to contribute something towards his care!

  • KAL

    This is a good development! It was really bizarre and callous of those two army personnel to beat a defenseless physically challenged man for wearing camouflage. Haba!!! They could have apprehended him and hand him over to civil authority to deal with him according to law. Camouflages are allowed in all climes and if the Nigerian Army is so concerned about it because of our peculiar security situation, a warning to the general public and prosecuting those who contravene this would have sent strong signals that such acts are not acceptable.

  • callistus u owuamanam

    Mr Usman, this is not any isolated case, cross check your records with the Amnesty International. The Nigeria Army has a very good record with the Guiness Book. This is an experience we live everyday. If this vidoe did not go viral, the army would have denied.

  • VICTORIOUS ONE

    What happened here is what the Nigerian army do every now and then. It is great pride for them brutalize and torture unarmed sivilians