BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Nigerian Army on Thursday said it has constituted a Board of Inquiry into the alleged brutalization of a female by soldiers as reported in the social media and online media.
The Commander 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Elias Attu, who announced the constitution of the board of inquiry, said the probe panel is to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident, determine the level of the soldiers involvement, submit its findings and recommend appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken and communicated.
Attu said the female victim has been taken to hospital where she is responding to treatment, while six soldiers are being detained in connection with the incident.
A statement by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel OM Daudu, said the incident occurred in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos state involving soldiers of 174 Battalion on Sunday 12, March 2017
Daudu said: “The alleged incident is highly regrettable, even as the Division under the Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for inhuman treatment. 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. We thank the media for timely information in bringing such incidences to fore.
“The Division remains committed to its tasks as part of the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian Army. It continues to enjoin all to be law abiding and count on their support and cooperation.”