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Air Force denies brutalisation of PHCN staff

28 March 2013, 10:34

Abuja - The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday faulted the allegation that some of its officers brutalised some staff  of the Ibadan Zone of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

A statement issued in Abuja and signed by Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, the Director of Public Relations and Information, said that preliminary investigation by NAF showed that no PHCN staff was brutalised.

The statement was reacting to a story published by some media organisations alleging brutality of some staff of the Ibadan Zone of the PHCN by some air force officers.

It noted that the organised labour was threatening to shut down electricity supply in the South West and across the country by April 2 over the alleged brutality and physical torture of the workers by men of the Nigerian Air Force.

"While we uphold the right of the aggrieved to seek redress, we are, however, compelled to state that the issue had earlier been reported to NAF authorities and investigation is on to get to the root of the matter.

"It is, however, important to emphasise that NAF has laid down procedures for handling such matters and it will not be fair to jump the gun or preempt the outcome of its investigation.

"Undeniably, our personnel are trained and known to exhibit the highest standard of discipline while going about their duties."

The statement noted that the NAF Unit at Ipetu-Ijesa remains committed to render quick response service in the Operation Swift Response Squad (SAS) it is involved in to assist the Nigeria Police.

It said that when called upon by the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IEDC) to assist in safeguarding its personnel and facilities as part of its aid to civil authority, the force obliged.

"While we would like to take responsibility for the actions of our personnel, we are aware that as a rule of natural justice, they are also entitled to fair hearing.

"NAF wishes to once again assure the authorities of the IEDC, PHCN and indeed the entire nation, that it is duly investigating the issue and will sanction any of its personnel found to have fallen short of the standards expected of them."



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