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Hyacinth Chinweuba

An officer of the Nigerian Army who took laws into her hands by creating public nuisance through a dehumanizing action against a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, has been arrested and undergoing internal disciplinary actions.

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, in a statement Thursday September 23, said 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.

This act is not only condemnable, but  unprofessional and  against established precepts of discipline in the Army, said Nwachukwu.

The Director, reiterated that the Army remained undoubtedly the pride of the nation, a symbol of national unity that has consistently been 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. Undoubtedly, the officer’s actions has caused the NA monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable.” the statement said.

Continuing, Nwachukwu said, “This 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 on 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 Director reiterated and assured the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel, and that the citizenry is sacrosanct and must be respected by all personnel of the Army as any form of infraction will be severely dealt with.

“Therefore, the general public is 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 NA 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.” Nwachukwu added.

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