- Army brutalized woman in Ikorodu – Lagos, Nigeria;
- Army sued N 250 million on damages;
- Army withholds names of victim and attackers;
The Nigerian Army has remanded six of its personnel for an allege brutality meted on a woman in Lagos state, Nigeria.
The soldiers supposedly attached to the 174 Battalion inhumanly maltreated the woman called Ruth Orji [real names withheld] on 12 March, according to the Division’s spokesperson, Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, in Odoguyan, Ikorodu – Lagos state. The Division has also set up a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to unravel the occurrence.
According to reports available to media, the Joint Legal Action Aids, which is representing Ruth has already slammed a N250 million in damages against the Nigerian Military authorities.
While responding to the incident, the authorities of the military withheld the names of the victims and her attackers.
The Nigerian Army’s 81 Division issued a statement saying:
“The attention of Headquarters 81 Division, Nigerian Army, has been drawn to the social media and Newspaper online reports on alleged brutalisation of a female by soldiers”.
“The incident occurred in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos state involving soldiers of 174 Battalion on Sunday, March 12.
“The alleged incident is highly regrettable, even as the division under the Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for inhuman treatment.
“Discipline remains the bedrock of the Nigerian Military Profession.
“It is quite disheartening when such incidences occur even though such incidences will not be treated with any laxity.
“Consequently, a Board of Inquiry has been constituted by the Commander 9 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Elias Attu.
“This is to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident, determine the level of the soldiers’ involvement, submit its findings and recommend appropriate disciplinary measures which will be communicated.
“The brutalized lady, names withheld, has been taken to hospital where she is responding to treatment.
“The six soldiers, also names withheld, are being detained in regards to the incident.
“The Division remains committed to its tasks as part of the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian Army.
“The Division continues to enjoin all to be law abiding and count on their support and cooperation,” said Lt. Col. Daudu.