Nigerian Army demotes, imprisons two soldiers for assaulting physically challenged man

Soldiers molesting physically challenged man in Anambra

The Nigerian Army has announced that two soldiers who assaulted a physically challenged man have been disciplined.

The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, in a statement on Friday said Bature Samuel and Abdulazeez Usman, who were both corporals have been demoted to privates and imprisoned for 21 days for the assault whose video clip went viral on social media.

Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, also said the army has reached out to the victim, Chijoke Uraku.

Read Mr. Usman’s full statement below.

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, 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.


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  • International games

    Good report from the Army. This is the kind of response we want to see when these idiots behave like animals.
    Now they should compensate the guy financially.

  • Olly Olly

    compare to level of damages done to the physically challenged man, the is partial in nature! Nigeria is gone democratically, military is not in control diplomatically!

  • Tare Daniel

    Dismissal from service would have been a more appropriate punishment. However, I am glad that the N.A acted promptly and did not try to shield the soldiers like they did in the past

    • hahhaha.. good one. i like how they only “reach out” when they know the phones off…lmao (wrote the same years ago). But, it’s easy to obtain voice messages from another phone. best to send in writing mr .shenans..

  • Alex

    The ways Nigerians turn to animals just by giving them comaflag uniforms to wear. This kind of barbaric behaviours happens everyday on our streets and all corners of our land.Those animals shouldn’t have been given a second chance.