Army sentences officers who brutalized lame man in Anambara

The Nigerian Army has demoted two soldiers that brutalized a physically challenged man in Anambara State some days ago.

Captains Bature Samuel and Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company in Onitsha are the victims.

The Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Usman said the demoted soldiers on Feb. 7, maltreated a physically challenged person.

Mr. Chijioke Uraku was maltreated on the street of Onitsha, Anambra, for allegedly wearing Army camouflage uniform.

Usman said they were arrested, summarily tried on two-count charge and found guilty.

“Consequently, both have been sentenced to reduction in rank from Corporal to Private Soldiers.

“They have also been sentenced to 21 days imprisonment with hard labor, respectively.

“It 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.

“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,” he said.