11 February 2017
The Nigerian Army said it has demoted the two soldiers who brutalized a crippled man, Chijioke Orakwu, for wearing military camouflage in Onitsha, Anambra State.
A video of the soldiers assaulting the man had gone viral, bringing the attention of the entire Nigerian media and the army to the incident.
The Army’s punishment for the two soldiers was disclosed by the spokesman of the the Nigerian Army, Brig-General Sani Usman in a statement on Friday.
He said they have been demoted and sentenced to 21 days imprisonment with hard labour, adding that they would also forfeit 21 days salary from the government.
“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,” the statement reads.
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