The Nigerian Army has reacted after a lady, Ruth Orji was allegedly attacked by soldiers attached to 174 Battalion, Ikorodu, around 8:30pm on Sunday.
The woman was attacked and severely injured by soldiers in Ikorodu, Lagos State, reportedly because she challenged a soldier who slapped her brother for no reason. Ruth sued the Nigerian Army and her attackers, among other things, demanded N250m as damages.
Read an official statement from the Nigerian Army over the incident. 6 soldiers have been detained because of the incident.
ALLEGED CASE OF BRUTALLIZATION BY SOLDIERS
• The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to the social media and Newspapers online reports on “Alleged brutalization of a female by soldiers”.
The incident occurred in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos state involving soldiers of 174 Battalion on Sunday 12 March 2017
• 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 isolated will not be treated with any laxity.
Consequently, a Board of Inquiry has been constituted by the Commander 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Elias Attu 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 female has been taken to hospital where she is responding to treatment while 6 soldiers are being detained in regards to the incident.
Gentlemen of the press, may I thank you for your timely information in bringing such incidences to fore. The Division remains committed to its tasks as part of the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian Army.
It continues to enjoin all to be law abiding and count on their support and cooperation.
You are please requested to disseminate the information to the general public.
Ag Deputy Director Army Public Relations