The Nigerian Army, says it has arrested a female soldier, caught in a disturbing viral video, bathing a female National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member, Ezeiruaky ifeyinwa fidelis with dirty water, amidst condemnation.
But in a reaction on Thursday, the Army condemned the act, stating that the Officer serving in the 13th Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army in Calabar, Cross River State, has been identified and sanctioned, adding the Brigade Commander in the 13th Brigade Commander, has began investigation into the incident.
Director Army Public Relations, Brig-General Onyema Nwachukwu
said in a statement, assured the public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel.
According to Nwachukwu, “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”.
“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 Army also assured 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.
The Army spokesman, 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 statement added that “The Nigerian Army 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”.