The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, February 22, jailed another soldier ‘with hard labour’ for beating up a civilian in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The convicted soldier, Suleiman Olamilekan, a private with 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is to spend 28 days in prison with hard labour for beating up a woman, one Ebere Ohakwe.
He is also to forfeit his salary to the federal government for the 28 days he would be spending behind bars.
Speaking on the incident, Aminu Iliyasu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement released on Wednesday, said that Mr. Olamilekan was tried and found guilty by the 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
He added that the army’s response to the case was in accordance with its policy of “zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law”.
Mr. Iliyasu, a colonel, said the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 6 Division Nigerian Army, Enobong Udoh, a major general, had ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his guard commander for investigation and disciplinary action, immediately the army got wind of the incident.
The GOC had also invited the victim to his office and assured her that justice would be done in the matter, the statement said.
“We wish to assure the general public that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future,” the statement said.
“We will equally welcome prompt and accurate reports of any such misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States to appropriate superior authority.”
It is understood that the incident, which occurred at Omagwa Checkpoint along Port Harcourt – Onitsha Road on January 30, stirred outcry in the country’s social media community.
This is coming barely days after the Army carried out a similar punitive measures on two corporals who molested a physically challenged person in Onitsha, Anambra State, for wearing a camouflage shirt.