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Army demotes, jail soldiers over abuse on physically challenged

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The top hierarchy of the Nigerian Army has demoted and jailed two of its personnel for maltreating a physically challenged Nigerian in Anambra.
According to a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations obtained by BLACKFACE on Friday, the move is “Sequel to the video clip of two soldiers maltreating a physically challenged man on the streets of Onitsha, Anambra State, last Tuesday.”
Usman added that the action was also carried out in line with the army’s zero tolerance of infringement of human rights by troops.
He listed the affected soldiers to include Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company, saying they 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.”
He added that 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.

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