A Nigerian citizen is seen in the video below brutalized by men of the Nigerian Army. Z O M B I E !!! Reason given is simply that he was wearing an army camouflage. A piece clothing that is readily available in the market.What is worse and most unacceptable is the fact that the man in the video is actually D I S A B L E D. A category described normally as vulnerable and needing special care and protection. his not the first and I dare say the last time we will see Nigerian Army officers in such barbaric acts of brutality. Infact it is norm. This the only country I know of in the world that the citizens are in such fearful dread of men who are paid to protect them. Everybody is afraid of soldiers and accept their behavior. The Nigerian Army just released the following statement:
Sequel to the video clip of two soldiers maltreating a physically challenged man on the streets of Onitsha, Anambra State, last Tuesday, in line with our zero tolerance of infringement of human rights by troops, those involved; Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company, have been arrested, summarily tried based on 2 count charges and found guilty. Consequently, both have been sentenced to reduction in rank; from Corporal to Private Soldiers and 21 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) respectively, which includes forfeiture of 21 days pay to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army has also reached out to the victim of their unjustifiable assault, Mr. Chijoke Uraku (alias CJ), as widely reported by the media. We wish to reiterate our avowed determination to ensure that troops conduct themselves in the most orderly and professional manner at all times. Any act of indiscipline would not be tolerated. You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium. Thank you for your kind cooperation. Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman The statement was followed by these stupid pictures emphasizing how much the army thinks Nigerian citizens are worth and what compensation we deserve for such barbaric behavior against our own kind. No offense sir, but this wont do.
- If there was no video clip (obtained at the risk of further brutalization) there would be no consequences for this wickedness on the part of the army. Afterall history is replete with events like this. Everyday we see soldiers brutalize Nigerians for the slightest provocation.
- Research shows that punishment is the N0 1 deterrent for crime and recalcitrant behavior. 21 days in in prison and a 1 rank demotion is not going to deter other soldiers from these acts of brutality. More so as the likelihood of escaping justice is very high.
- This incident should be an eye opener and an event to positively provoke the Nigerian Army and indeed the Nigerian people to say “never again”
- The army must show strong resentment and send a strong message to soldiers, to make sure these acts of brutality S T O P at once.
- A stronger punishment should meet the offending who brutalized the crippled man at Onitsha. If we were in a civilized country, those soldiers would go to jail for a very long time, pay damages and still be summarily dismissed from the army.(We are not animals)
- Clearly defined penalties should be announced as punishment for defaulting soldiers henceforth, including immediate dismissal from the army. (Mad men should not be accommodated in the Nigerian Army)
- Alternatively, Let Nigerians civilian, military and para-military resolve to take up arms and physically engage any soldier or group of soldiers who attack civilians. In the video above, there is a crowd of on-lookers and just two soldiers, who could actually have been over powered.