The two soldiers who brutalised a crippled man on Tuesday along New Market Road, Osha in the Onitsha area of Anambra state appeared before a court martial on Thursday.
The soldiers, whose identities are yet to be disclosed by the Army, had also been discharged from their unit and summoned to the 82 Division, Enugu State.
They had meted out heavy beating on the physically challenged man for wearing a military camouflage shirt.
However, in a statement, the division spokesperson, Colonel Sagir Musa, who is also the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said:
“The soldiers have been tried at the unit level in Onitsha, and referred to the higher level for appropriate punishment commensurate with the offence committed. The victim has also been invited and he will meet with us on Friday. We also have a press conference where the issue will be discussed in detail. Whatever human rights infraction is seen with our men, appropriate sanctions will be applied to serve as deterrence to others. This case will not be an exception.”
The Punch also reports that the victim is expected to meet with the military authorities at the 82 Division today.
Meanwhile, the National President of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Ekaete Umoh, in Abuja on Thursday condemned the attack on the victim.
She said, “We detest the treatment and call for proper investigation, prosecution and justice should take its course in this matter.
“We also call for the speedy harmonisation of the disabled persons billspassed by both the Senate and House of Representatives. President Muhammadu Buhari should assent to the bill for it to become law.”