The Nigerian Army has arrested six of its soldiers as a fresh case of soldiers’ brutality against a female Nigerian citizen is being investigated.
It is understood that the six soldiers are currently in detention over a similar incident that is occurring for the third time within a month.
The victim, Ruth Orji, was said to have been beaten on Sunday by soldiers from 174 Battalion, Ikorodu, Lagos State, for daring to challenge a soldier who reportedly slapped her brother.
Grisly pictures of the brutalised woman were also shared on the social media, prompting Nigerians to call for immediate action against the culprits.
However, in a statement issued on Thursday by a spokesperson for the army, O. M Daudu, a lieutenant colonel, the army said the incident was “highly regrettable”.
It further thanked the press for “bringing such incidences to (the) fore”.
“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,” the statement read.
Ms. Orji has been taken to the hospital for treatment, the army said.
It would be recalled, in February, the army had demoted and imprisoned two soldiers for assaulting a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State.
While another soldier was jailed also in February for 28 days for molesting a civilian in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.