‎Nigerian army detains six soldiers for allegedly brutalising woman

Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army

A fresh case of soldiers’ brutality against a female Nigerian citizen is being investigated, the Nigerian army has said.

Six soldiers, the army said, are currently in detention over the incident.

This is the third time such incident would be occurring within a month.

The victim whose name was given as Ruth Orji was said to have been beaten on Sunday by soldiers from 174 Battalion, Ikorodu, Lagos State, for daring to challenge a soldier who reportedly slapped her brother.

Graphic photos of the brutalised woman were shared on the social media, prompting Nigerians to call for immediate action against the culprits.

The army said on Thursday that the incident was “highly regrettable”.  It thanked the press for “bringing such incidences to (the) fore”.

“A Board of Inquiry has been constituted by the Commander 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Elias Attu to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident, determine the level of the soldiers involvement, submit its findings and recommend appropriate disciplinary measures,” the army said in a statement issued by a spokesperson, O. M Daudu, a lieutenant colonel.

Ms. Orji has been taken to the hospital for treatment, the army said.

The army in February had demoted and imprisoned two soldiers for assaulting a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State. Another soldier was jailed, also in February, for 28 days for molesting a civilian in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


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  • Julius

    Kudos to the army and the press for this prompt action. Now, follow up and make sure that justice is done !

  • Höly Wähala

    From Onitsha to Portharcourt and now Lagos, all those victims are my Igbo people… we nor dey fear Army. My mother once admonished a gun-totting soldier in Lagos thus: “Abeg carry dat your firewood gun comot for road make I pass jare!” LoL! Everyone knows how barbaric the Army and our security agents can be sometimes, they are lawless even among inter-agency personnel, it is why the US refused sell equipment to NA… their human rights records are abysmal. Catching and punishing those caught is one thing but, the real solution is in re-orientation of Army recruits by properly educating them on community services and their duties to the citizenry. Sha, another day, another bad news… That’s Naija for you!

  • Otile

    They are not called vandal army for nothing. They beat up women, handicapped and harmless people of the Niger Delta just to provoke violence in the region. Have you ever heard of sojajin Najeriya assaulting women, cripples or any civilians from the North? No justice no peace.

  • The press is the only soldier we know now. Human rights abuse here and there. Will they do this evil to a woman from the north? Is the lady expected to keep quite while they incarcerated her brother?.Let them face Boko Haram and stop killing the people they are supposed to be protecting.