The Nigerian Army has announced it is currently investigating a new case of soldiers’ brutality against a female Nigerian citizen in Lagos.
Six soldiers connected with the said brutality are currently in detention over the incident. This is the third time in a series of similar attacks occurring within a month.
Soldiers from 174 Battalion Ikorodu Lagos State on Sunday beat one female Nigerian, Ruth Orji, for allegedly confronting the soldiers when one of them reportedly slapped her brother.
Graphic photos of the brutalized woman went viral on the social media, calling the attention of Nigerians for immediate action against the offenders.
The army in response to the brutal incidence on Thursday said it was “highly regrettable”. It however 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 army said in a statement issued by a spokesperson, O. M Daudu, a lieutenant colonel.
Ms. Orji has been taken to the hospital for treatment, the army said.
The army, in his attempt to stop further occurrence of similar brutality has in February demoted and imprisoned two soldiers for assaulting a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State. In another separate case, a soldier was jailed, also in February, for 28 days for civil molestation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.