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Nigerian Army In Battle To Save Image On Respect For Human Rights


Kaduna (Nigeria) – A picture of Nigerian soldiers maltreating a suspected thief in the front page of a newspaper and widely circulated on the social media has caused a concern in the military ranks, leading the identifying the perpetrators of the act for punitive measure.

A statement by the Nigerian Army spokesperson, Colonel Sani Kukansheka Usman indicates that the Nigerian Army is worried “The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to a front page photograph of some soldiers maltreating a suspected robber at Mararraba, Nasarawa State, on the front page of today’s edition of Daily Trust newspaper.

“Sadly, it is also trending on the Social Media.

“There is no doubt the photograph has done incalculable damage to the image of the service.

“The act was unfortunate and at variance with military ethics and professionalism.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that the perpetrators of the offence have been identified, summoned and would face disciplinary action.

“We wish to assure the public that the Nigerian Army would continue to protect and respect human rights and that this regrettable incidence should not be used as a yardstick to judge the entire Army.”

Nigerian Army has of recent came under serious criticism over violation of human rights, and have gone into series of engagements to save its image and human rights records

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