…vows to deal with the officer
The Nigerian Army
on Thursday evening tendered an unreserved apology to the victim dehumanized by its female officer, her family members, friends, National Youth Service Corps, and Nigerians for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the female Corps member.
The also disclosed that 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.
While denying any attempt to cover up the ugly episode, the service also noted that such act is not only condemnable but unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the Nigerian Army
Condemning the barbaric act, the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement reiterated and assured the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel.
He however assured that the rights of the citizenry is sacrosanct and must be respected by all personnel of the Nigerian Army, as any form of infraction will be severely dealt with.
According to the statement, “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.
“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”.
The Army spokesperson said that the officer’s actions has undoubtedly caused the NA monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable.
He added that the 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 in 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 statement also said.
The Service enjoined the public 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.