Officer Dehumanizing Corps Member in Video Highly Unprofessional, Unacceptable, Says Nigeria Army

 

 

 

By Ayo Kehinde

 

 

 

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya

 

The Nigerian Army (NA) has condemned as unprofessional and inhuman 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.

According to Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations in a statement on Thursday,”this act is not only condemnable, but unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the NA.

He said, 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, adding that, ” 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.

He reassured the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel, saying 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.”