Thursday, 16 March 2017

Nigerian Army Detains Six Soldiers For Brutalising Woman

The Nigerian army has detained six soldiers for the alleged brutalisation of a woman in Ikorodu, Lagos state.

The incident which occurred on Sunday, March, 12th 2017 involved one Ruth Orji who was badly beaten for challenging the soldiers.

But in a statement released by the deputy director, army public relations, Lt. OM Daudu,  the military describe the incident as "highly regrettable".

It reads;

"The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to the social media and Newspapers online reports on “Alleged brutalization of a female by soldiers”. The incident occurred in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos state involving soldiers of 174 Battalion on Sunday 12 March 2017

The alleged incident is highly regrettable, even as the Division under the Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for inhumane treatment. Discipline remains the bedrock of the Nigerian Military Profession. It is quite disheartening when such incidences occur even though isolated will not be treated with any laxity.

Consequently, 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 which will be communicated. The female has been taken to hospital where she is responding to treatment while 6 soldiers are being detained in regards to the incident."

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