Richard Ginika Izuora
Soldiers currently deployed on the streets of Beere in Ibadan, Oyo State, to curb the EndSARS protests by the Nigerian Army have been caught on camera; allegedly flogging a woman for what they termed ‘indecent dressing’.
These Nigerian Army personnel, who were chanting ‘#EndSARS’, also shaved the heads of some youths said to be wearing improper hairstyles.
In a video that has since gone viral, a young lady wearing a spaghetti-strapped dress and orange-coloured hairstyle is made to sit on the bare floor at a filling station; while a soldier whips her buttocks.
The lady begs the soldier repeatedly; but the adamant soldier asks her not to protect her buttocks as he continues to whip her.
A young man, whose head was also shaved, narrates how he was pulled down from a commercial motorcycle by one of the soldiers.
Speaking in the Yoruba language, he says, “I was on a motorcycle with my friends around Beere when I was stopped by soldiers. They said they wanted to see us. I was wondering what I had done; because I wasn’t in possession of any weapon and I am not a fraudster.
“They said I should take off my cap and when I did so; they flogged me and asked me to kneel down. When I asked what my crime was, he ordered me to sit down; and then brought out a pair of scissors from his pocket.
“The funny thing was that they collected money from us for the haircut.”
Regarding this unsavory incident, the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede, described the conduct of the soldiers as “unlawful”.
Fakorede said the officers have been arrested; and taken in for disciplinary actions.
“My ears are full of news of the unlawful activities of some Soldiers of the Nigerian Army, over the weekend,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I have immediately reached out to the Commandant of the Operation Burst; and I’ve been assured that the men involved in this distasteful operation have been arrested; and taken to the barracks — they will be dealt with accordingly.
“This will not repeat itself again in Oyo State. Please, kindly go about your daily business and activities without fear. Thank you.”
He said the security outfit, Operation Burst, has admitted the video; and apologised to the families of those assaulted by the erring officers.