The Nigerian Army has donated some clothing and cash to the physically challenged man (cripple), Mr. Chijioke Ajakwu Aka CJ who was maltreated by two soldiers of 302 Artillery Regiment General Support on Wednesday near new market road in Onitsha.
The Deputy Director Public Relations (DDAPR) 82 Division Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa, disclosed this on Friday, while speaking to journalists at the Headquarters of 302 Artillery Regiment in Onitsha.
Sagir said that the step was taken at the instance of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar.
He stressed that the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has zero tolerance for human rights abuses and would not condone or encourage professional misconduct among its officers and men.
“What is given to the victim should not be misconstrued as compensation, but a genuine gesture to show our fellow country men and women and indeed the international community that the Nigerian Army is a responsible and caring organisation,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Colonel Idongesit Akpan appreciated members of the press for their balanced and objective reports on the issue.
Colonel Akpan said: “This misconduct would not occur again. It is an isolated case which doesn’t represent the attitude of the regiment and the Nigerian Army.”
Also speaking, the representative of the Governor Anambra State and Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Victoria Chikweli commended the Army for the timely response and excellent management of the crisis.
Chikweli stated that she was requested by the Governor Anambra State to attend the event with the view to finding out what the Nigerian Army is doing on the matter.
The Commissioner also expressed the concern of the Anambra State Government on the issue and the readiness of Governor Willie Obiano to take over from where the army has stopped. She further disclosed that the Governor would also receive the victim soon.