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Army demotes and imprisons soldiers who assaulted physically challenged man in Onitsha



Samuel and Usman dragging and flogging Uraku on the street after throwing away his wheelchair

The Nigerian Army says it has demoted two soldiers, Cpl. Bature Samuel and Cpl. Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company in Onitsha, Anambra, to Private Soldiers for human rights abuse.

Samuel and Usman were the soldiers who dragged and flogged a physically challenged man, Chijioke Uraku on the street in Onitsha on February 7 2017 for allegedly wearing a military camouflage.

The Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday, saying that they have been sentenced to 21 days imprisonment with hard labour.

Usman said they were arrested, summarily tried on two-count charge and found guilty.

“Consequently, both have been sentenced to reduction in rank from Corporal to Private Soldiers and 21 days imprisonment with Hard Labour, respectively.

It includes forfeiture of 21 days pay to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army has also reached out to the victim of their unjustifiable assault, Chijoke Uraku (alias CJ), as widely reported by the media.

We wish to reiterate our avowed determination to ensure that troops conduct themselves in the most orderly and professional manner at all times.

Any act of indiscipline would not be tolerated,” he said.


  1. True Talk

    February 11, 2017 at 7:24 am

    im so glad. Let’s make Nigeria great again. Uniform men soldiers police, civil defence has committed a lot of atrocities and gone free. I will never forget how a soldier beat a pregnant woman to comma because she did not quickly guve way to their car on a major road, same reason a keke napep drver lost four teeth on another occasion. Another soldier made a 60 year old man do frog jump because he pressed his car’s horn at a check point( the poor man did this to alert the car infront of him that was reversing..I witnessed these three incidents.. A few Nigerians have lost their lives to things like this Continue teaching these uniform men that they are not above the law please

    • Jay Kay

      February 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Above all, please teach them that these Nigerians that they are fond of maltreating are also their compatriots. And that being in uniform does not confer superiority on them. I often hear them say ones does not “respect the uniform “, implying the civilian should kow~tow to a uniformed personnel. I don’t see this overbearing attitude elsewhere except in Nigeria.

  2. Kosi

    February 11, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Oh I love how social media gives no one any hiding place anymore. You do any rubbish, you’re all over the news! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  3. David

    February 11, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I hope this serves as a lesson to them lots. Problem, though, is we may not have the time, and “luxury”, to record such impunties again cause in addition to being bullies and they will become — video recording — vigilantes.

  4. keke driver

    February 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Things like this makes me really happy…..God bless Nigeria.

  5. Marian

    February 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Was this an issue because the guy was handicaped or are they saying soldiers can not slap and rough handle civillians???

    I think the best thing to do is to to have one those toll free numbers where you can call to report any form of harassment in real time.


    February 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Nigeria Army has serious image problem. This is a slap on the back of the hand, and it’s totally unacceptable. The Nigeria Army should hand over those two morons to the Nigeria Police to prosecute them in a Civilian Court just like any other criminal.. For how long will this type of injustice continue in Nigeria? Enough i.e. Enough. We need to fight back to defend ourselves. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  7. o

    February 12, 2017 at 12:37 am

    21 days imprisonment and demotion not enough. They should be dismissed totally and then sent to jail for at least 6mths to serve as deterrent to others. What is the guy sustained a head injury as they were beating him mercilessly???

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