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Army apologises, to try female officer for dehumanising NYSC member

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A military officer has been filmed manhandling a female member of the National Youth Service corps (NYSC) in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

In a video, Lt. Chika Viola Anele, of 13th Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, appeared to be pouring a substance suspected to be dirty water on Ezeiruaku Ifenyinwa Fidelia, who was kneeling clad in her NYSC uniform.

The Corps member is reportedly serving in the 13th Brigade.

It was unclear what may have caused trouble between the Army officer and the Corps member who seemed to have been forced to go on her knees.

“This is dehumanising and humiliating,” a blogger who posted the video, said.

The Army has condemned the action of the officer, describing it as “unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the NA.”

Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement 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 action has caused the NA monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable.”

Nwachukwu said the officer’s action “will not be condoned”, and tendered an “unreserved apology to the victim, her family members, friends, NYSC and to Nigerians in general for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the Corps member.”

The Army said the officer has been sanctioned in the interim and will undergo regimental trial.

The Full Statement

Nigerian Army Nab Female Officer for Dehumanised Female NYSC Member in Calabar
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 NA.
The NA has remained undoubtedly the pride of the nation, a symbol of national unity that has consistently being 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.
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 NA wishes to reiterate and assure the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel.  The NA  also reassures that the rights of the citizenry is sacrosanct and must be respected by all personnel of the NA, 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.
ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
23 September 2021

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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