Authorities of the Nigerian Army some hours ago announced the identification and arrest of officers of the Military Police for molesting an unnamed physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday, February 7th.
The announcement was released by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Army’s Director Public Relations via a post on social media. He said they have also been charged for assault by their Commanding Officer.
The sad incident took place in a market in Onitsha on Tuesday when the Military Police spotted the physically challenged man wearing a camouflage shirt, this prompted two of the officers to descend on him. The video making rounds online showed how the officers threw away the wheelchair which the said man was using to navigate himself. He was tortured severely and dragged around.
Following calls made by several Nigerians with the trending video, the Force Headquarters have since swung into action by arresting the officers involved and also set the record about future recurrence.
Reacting to the incident, Brig-Gen Usman said, “In line with our zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts especially in relation to violation of human rights, we wish to further state that the soldiers involved have since been identified and apprehended.”
He also stated that the Nigerian troops have been warned to desist from such torture of the populace they have sworn to protect, as such act infringes on the human rights and cast serious aspersions on the good image of the Nigerian Army.
“The public should please regard this ugly incident as an isolated case which is not true reflection of the Nigerian Army,” Usman said.