Nigerian Army jails another soldier for molesting civilian

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Nigerian Soldiers
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A Nigerian soldier has been jailed for molesting a civilian, the army has said.

Suleiman Olamilekan, a private with 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is to spend 28 days in prison with hard labour for beating up a woman, one Ebere Ohakwe.

The convicted soldier, Mr. Olamilekan, is also to forfeit his salary to the federal government for the 28 days he would be spending behind bars.

The incident, which has caused outrage on the social media, occurred at Omagwa Checkpoint along Port Harcourt – Onitsha Road on January 30.

Aminu Iliyasu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement released on Wednesday that Mr. Olamilekan was tried and found guilty by the 6 Division, Port Harcourt.

Mr. Iliyasu, a colonel, said the army’s response to the case was in accordance with its policy of “zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law”.

Mr. Iliyasu said the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 6 Division Nigerian Army, Enobong Udoh, a major general, had ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his guard commander for investigation and disciplinary action, immediately the army got wind of the incident.

The GOC had also invited the victim to his office and assured her that justice would be done in the matter, the statement said.

“We wish to assure the general public that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future,” the statement said.

“We will equally welcome prompt and accurate reports of any such misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States to appropriate superior authority.”

The army a few days ago carried out similar punitive measures against two corporals who molested a physically challenged person in Onitsha, Anambra State, for wearing a camouflage shirt.

The two soldiers were demoted to privates and imprisoned for 21 days.


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  • Egbele Tom Amos

    Dismissal is d best actionStart the discussion…

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Egbele, believe it or not, I applaud this move by the military.

      Dismissing men who are trained in weaponry and brutality into the unemployment market can only swell the ranks of criminals.

      This action will prevent that and still send out the warning to others.

      My opinion though.

  • Sincere-Voice

    This is a good one by the Army. They should continue with this, so that molestation by the Army would be reduced.

    • Nkem

      … should be stopped.

  • John A

    That man is unfit as an army officer, he should be sent packing.

  • Julius

    Very good !!

  • Gary

    We warned and were derided as Wailing Wailers when Buhari began to use the Army for civilian policing under the guise of maintaining inte Bal security. Soldiers, especially of the Nigerian Army, are not trained for civil duties and are prone to resort to the use of force as first reaction. Example is Army Chief Buratai’s murderous response to Shiites blocking his motorcade.
    Buhari does not know how to govern outside the use of force and Nigerians are now paying for it with blood, sweat and tears at the hands of soldiers deployed on the streets of 32 states.

    This was bound to happen and General Olonishakin had himself pledged that soldiers would be withdrawn from civil policing to focus on counter/insurgency operations. He’s been obviously overruled by his Commander-In-Chief.
    Now that Osinbajo is acting President, it is time to review and reduce the presence of soldiers on our streets and let the Police do their jobs. Soldiers may be needed in the Northeast and Southern Kaduna and such areas where armed militia are still a menace to public peace and property but not patrolling the streets in such proximity to engage in terrorizing and brutalizing the civilian populace. It is neither in the interest of the Army, the people or democracy. We are no longer under military rule so let the soldiers stay in theatre fighting Boko Haram or remain in their barracks.

  • Mentus

    The punishment is too lenient, considering the emotional, psychological and physical trauma and the potential loss of earnings the woman suffered. The level of punishment is also not enough to deter other soldiers and indeed policemen from inflicting harm on the citizens unnecessarily.
    The message needs to be loud and clear, the security forces should not use their uniform as a platform to vent whatever frustrations they are nursing on innocent citizens.
    I hope more people make use of their phone cameras and capture this group of people in action and put it on you tube.
    This is the only way to expose the scale of the abuse perpetrated by the so called security services on daily basis.

  • Otile

    For goodness sake what are the Buhari vandal troops doing in our cities, Pitakwa, Asaba, Agbor, Onitsha, Enugu etc? If they are to make their living in another man’s land why kill and molest their hosts? We don’t need the vandal army in our land.