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Army disciplines soldiers who beat physically challenged

09 February 2017, 11:36

Nigerian Army said it was taking disciplinary measures against two soldiers captured on video maltreating a physically challenged person southeast of the country.

In the latest human rights violation to mar the image of the uniformed forces, the officers are filmed in a two-minute video brutalizing the man for wearing camouflage in Onitsha, Anambra State.

He is thrown off his wheelchair, beaten to stupor as he rolls on the ground.

Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, expressed the Army’s outrage over the incident that happened on Tuesday.

He said the 82 Division Nigerian Army had with great concern studied the video, identified the perpetrators.

He said the soldiers had been tried at the unit level in Onitsha, and referred to higher level for appropriate punishment commensurate to the offence committed.

The event is seen as embarrassing as it happened on the day Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, emphasized the military was guided by the principles of human rights protection in all its operations.

Musa said the two soldiers’ actions “does not reflect the attitude of today’s Nigeria Army soldier.”

He said the army had always preached tolerance, respect and peaceful coexistence.

Musa said the Nigerian Army had consistently maintains zero tolerance for indiscipline and human rights violation.

“Whatever human rights infraction is seen, appropriate sanction will be applied to serve as deterrence to others. This case will not be an exception.”

- CAJ News

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