Nigerian Army has described as assailants its men seen on a viral video physically gang beating a Police Traffic Warden at Ibadan in Oyo State last Thursday.
The Nigerian Army authority in a press release issued few hours ago and signed by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations said one of the suspected assailants who the army identified as a Lance Corporal of Nigerian Army is already in custody and the Army in Its efforts with Nigeria Police Force is searching for the other soldiers.
The Army statement reads thus:
Following the viral video of an assault on two traffic wardens by men on military uniform suspected to be soldiers, the Headquarters Nigerian Army ordered immediate investigation to identify and arrest the culprits. Preliminary investigation has shown that the unfortunate incident took place on Friday, 7 January, 2022 at Adeoye Road by Ring Road, Ibadan.
The investigation is also already yielding results as one of assailants, a Lance Corporal of the Nigerian Army has been taken into custody. Efforts are being made in collaboration with the Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force to identify, locate and arrest the remaining culprits.
Even as investigation is still ongoing, the Nigerian Army wishes to dissociate itself from the very reprehensible conduct of the individuals seen in that video. The vicious attack on fellow security personnel or any unarmed citizens in the manner seen in the video is not consistent with the ethos and professionalism of the Nigerian Army and therefore stands condemned in very strong terms.
At the end of investigation, anyone found culpable in the sordid incident will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions of the Nigerian Army.