The two soldiers that assaulted a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria Tuesday, February 7, 2017 for wearing a camouflage shirt have been apprehended by the military, according to a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.
The assault became public in a video posted online that went viral showing the two soldiers, who rode in a Military Police pick-up van pulled down the crippled man from his cycle, whipped him severally and dragging him on the floor with members of the public watching helplessly.
The release from the Director of Army Public Relations read thus: “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.
“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,” it stated.
According to Brigadier General Usman assured that “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.