•Sets up panel of inquiry for ‘inhumane treatment’
The Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has arrested six soldiers for “Alleged brutalization of a female by soldiers”.
This was confirmed in a statement on Wednesday by the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Lieutenant Colonel OK Daudu.
Daudu said “the alleged incident is highly regrettable, even as the Division under the Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for inhuman treatment”.
The incident was reported to have occurred in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos state involving soldiers of 174 Battalion on Sunday March 12, 2017.
According to reports, the accused soldiers descended on the victim for having the audacity to confront them for manhandling her brother.
But the DDAPR maintained that “discipline remains the bedrock of the Nigerian Military Profession”.
“It is quite disheartening when such incidences occur even though isolated will not be treated with any laxity”.
Consequently, Daudu said, a Board of Inquiry has been constituted by the Commander 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Elias Attu to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident, determine the level of the soldiers involvement, submit its findings and recommend appropriate disciplinary measures which will be communicated.
He also noted that the brutalised “female has been taken to hospital where she is responding to treatment while six soldiers are being detained in regards to the incident”.
The Army 81 Division Spokesperson also commended members of the public timely information in bringing such incidences to fore.
He assures that the Division remains committed to its tasks as part of the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian Army.
Daudu however, enjoined all to be law abiding and count on their support and cooperation.