The Nigerian Army says it has apprehended soldiers who brutalized a physically challenged man on a wheelchair because he put on camouflage clothing.
Recall that a video of the assault had gone viral showing about two soldiers beating the man, after they threw him on the ground, and threw away his wheelchair.
While citizens watched helplessly, the soldiers beat the man with sticks and kicked him on the head, before driving away in the military pick up.
However, a statement from Brigadier General Sani Usman, Director, Army Public Relations said the men had been apprehended and charged by their commanding officer.
His statement read: The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip in which two soldiers were seen maltreating a physically challenged person for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt.
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We wish to inform the public that the incident took place on Tuesday 7th February 2017, at Onitsha, Anambra State.
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.
They have also been charged for assault by their Commanding Officer.
Similarly, troops have been warned to desist from such acts that infringe on 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”.
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