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Army Vows Sanctions On Female Officer Who Brutalised NYSC Member But Keeps Identity Secret



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The Nigerian Army has responded to national outrage over the public assault on a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with a vow to sanction the female officer involved.

The army has, however, kept sealed lips on the identity of the female officer, only saying that she is an officer based at the 13th Brigade, Calabar, Cross River.

 GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that a citizen journalist, Agba Jalingo had shared the video of the lady officer pouring dirty water on the fully kitted corps member who was forced to kneel down while the humiliation lasted.

The video which turned viral led many Nigerians to also recount their experiences of brutality among gun weidling members of the armed forces and the police.

Reacting to the outrage, the Nigerian Army in a statement issued by director of army public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, on Thursday night, expressed unreserved apology to the corps member and her family but without identifying the officer involved.

He said:

“The Nigerian Army (NA) has taken cognizance of a video clip currently making the rounds on the social media, where a female officer was seen dehumanizing a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Calabar, Cross River State.”

“This act is not only condemnable, but unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the NA. The NA has remained undoubtedly the pride of the nation, a symbol of national unity that has consistently being in the vanguard of respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry. It is against this premise that the NA condemns this unimaginable level of infraction by a personnel in its ranks.

“The NA therefore, condemns in strong terms, this act of gross misconduct. Undoubtedly, the officer’s actions has caused the NA monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable. This unfortunate act of indiscipline does not in anyway represent the NA and will not be condoned in its entirety.

“For the records, the ugly incident happened in 13 Brigade, Calabar. The Brigade Commander immediately instituted an investigation and the officer involved has been identified and sanctioned on the interim and would be made to undergo regimental orders (trial) in line with the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act. The submission that the Brigade attempted covering up was therefore misleading, as the NA remains a professional force that has zero tolerance for indiscipline amongst its personnel.

“The NA wishes to reiterate and assure the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel.

“The NA also reassures that the rights of the citizenry is sacrosanct and must be respected by all personnel of the NA, as any form of infraction will be severely dealt with.

“Therefore, the general public is enjoined to continue to report such infractions, as Human Rights Desks in all formations of the NA are emplaced to deal decisively with such erring personnel.

“The NA further wishes to tender unreserved apology to the victim, her family members, friends, National Youth Service Corps and to Nigerians in general for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the Corps member.”

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