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Gov. Umahi calls for dismissal & prosecution of soldiers who brutalised physically challenged man | Hands over N500,000 to the victim

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Chijioke Oraku at the Ebonyi State Executive Council meeting

Governor of Ebonyi State David Umahi, has demanded the dismissal of two soldiers who brutalised a physically-challenged man, Chijioke Oraku, in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Oraku, a native of Ikwo Local Government Area in Ebonyi state, was dehumanised by the two soldiers penultimate week for wearing army camouflage. The video of the brutalisation went viral, thus attracting national outrage.

The Army authorities demoted the soldiers and sentenced them to 21 days imprisonment with hard labour.

Umahi, who received Oraku during the state’s Executive Council meeting in Abakaliki on Tuesday, noted that the sanctions meted to the soldiers were mild going by the fact that they “did not behave like human beings.”

The governor, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, said: “We believe that 21 day imprisonment is not enough. The soldiers did not behave like human beings and to be demoted is not enough. I suggest to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Buratai, that those soldiers should be sacked from the army and be prosecuted immediately.”

Umahi, who however thanked Buratai for taking the actions against the soldiers, directed the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Benard Odoh, to write a letter demanding the dismissal and prosecution of the soldiers.

He was also full of praises for his Anambra State counterpart, Willie Obiano, for his quick intervention in the case.

“I want to thank the Governor of Anambra State for his quick intervention in this matter. I was very happy when he reacted immediately and rehabilitated the young man. I also want to commend the Chief of Army Staff for the disciplinary action so far taken against those two soldiers. I thank the people of Anambra and Ebonyi who followed up on this matter.

But we are going to take a picture of him (Oraku) and send to the COAS to demand the sacking and prosecution of those soldiers who carried such unprofessional act.

I believe that the army has to be disciplined in their conduct. We must insist that discipline is maintained in our society.

If enough punishment is not meted on those two soldiers, they would still carry out the same act,” the governor was quoted as saying.

Umahi however asked his Senior Special Adviser and Welfare Matters, Rev. Father Abraham Nwali to interact with Oraku, on ways the state government could properly be of assistance to him.

He also ordered the release of N500,000 to the brutalised man for the continuation of his treatment and temporary upkeep.

Source & Photo Credit: Facebook – Osita Kalu Ugoji

 

18 Comments

  1. Daniel

    February 15, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Gov. Dave has always been a man with a soft spot for the masses that are in pains. Those evil soldiers should be made to suffer the consequences of their act.

  2. step77

    February 15, 2017 at 3:03 am

    This>> “sentenced them to 21 days imprisonment with hard labour.”

    …makes one have hope that maybe we can eventually become a society where justice prevails, thank God for technology and social media.

  3. survivor

    February 15, 2017 at 4:39 am

    I love Army so much ..but these animals(am sure they are products of this uses tribes)should b court Martial .ewu awusa

  4. Smackdown

    February 15, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Sometimes God allows bad things to happen to you so your helpers can locate you, and bless you

    • jean17

      February 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

      I wonder how giving him 500k is a blessing. Where did that money come from? Hush money maybe?
      The only reason this case of different is because they were caught on tape, and it was so blown out of proportion that the army had to do something.

      How about other cases of soldiers bullying civilians. The best thing would be to set up a department that monitors their conduct, that investigates and punishes soilders that do these things. Then the public should be made aware of these avenues ro report these kinds of misconduct.

      They should also undergo training or courses, so that they know if they don’t already, that they are supposed to protect civilians, not slap or beat them up at will.

      I know of so many cases that have been reported to the barracks, they tell you it’s being looked into and that’s it. Nothing happens.

      A lasting solution is better not this comic relief they did.

      Why are soilders even seen in the streets? Aren’t barracks supposed to be in outskirt of town? Or am I wrong? Case in point, the barrack at bonny camp in V.I.

    • Hello, it's me

      February 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Hello, I don’t think where the money came from is important. What is most valid here is that he has been compensated. Besides, this should serve as a warning to other soldiers.
      Also, with the rising use of technology, phones in particular and live videos, these things can now be recorded and posted so that the world would see and those in power particularly can take action,
      we cannot always be depending on the govt for everything. We can help fight the little ones we can.

    • A Real Nigerian

      February 15, 2017 at 9:51 am

      “and it was so blown out of proportion that the army had to do something.”

      Lord.
      How exactly was this blown out of proportion? A disabled man is viciously beaten and dragged on asphalt by power-drunk lunatics and all you can say is that the whole case was blown out of proportion? What exactly was blown out of proportion? Is it the level of inhumanity or the sheer brutality?
      It is amazing how so many Nigerians always find a way to let their lack of empathy, ignorance and inherently wicked nature seep through a seemingly sensible comment.
      Maybe if that was someone you were close to being treated like a dog, you wouldn’t say nonsense about the issue being overblown. That’s what it takes, right? The level of selfishness in this society needs to go down,

    • FinchleysFinest

      February 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

      My dear in other nations…the man will be compensated better…. Stop displaying ya ignorance upandan.

  5. Mrs chidukane

    February 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    All for show. A governor that workers in his state are complaining about his wickedness and unjust ways. Just slashing salaries anyhow, mtcheeeeew

    • Feefee

      February 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Whether it’s for show or not, I’m just this small gesture will make a bit of a difference in this guy’s life. At the end of the day that is all that matters

  6. Feefee

    February 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    “Sure” sorry typo

  7. Nneka

    February 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I’m glad that the victim was compensated and the culprits were punished. But why is he still wearing the army uniform though? Its against the law to dress as an army official when you are not, and being physically challenged does not absolve you from complying with the law. Enough of the sentiments. Now that he knows its illegal, he should kindly get rid of that uniform ASAP.

    • o

      February 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Is it really illegal? Which law states that? Plus he’s not wearing “army uniform”, he’s wearing camouflage bottoms. Two different things

    • Nneka

      February 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, it is really illegal..

      Section 110(1) of the Criminal Code makes it unlawful for any person who is not serving in any of the armed forces in Nigeria to wear the uniform of the armed forces, or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms. Camouflage is a part of the military uniform and so it falls under this law. Also, Section 251 of the Criminal Code states that any person who, not being a person serving in any of the armed or police forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform of any of these forces, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of any such uniform, in such manner or in such circumstances as to be likely to bring contempt on that uniform, or employs any other person so to wear such uniform or dress, is guilty of a an offence, and is liable to imprisonment or fine.

      So, in answer to the question, yes there are laws which prevent civilians from wearing army camouflage.

    • sharon

      February 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Please where does it say it’s illegal to wear camouflage?

    • Nneka

      February 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Na wah for Nigerians ooo. So you dont know that carrying out an act that is clearly prohibited by law is illegal??? Did you not see where the law says in section 110 that its “unlawful”? Is that not the same as illegal? Or are you just trolling???

      *flips hair*

  8. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    February 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Truth be told. After facing prosecution and expulsion from the Nigeria Army. Maybe this action will make other abusers within rank and file in the Nigeria Military turn a new leave. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

  9. Ammybest

    February 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Ebonyi state government should insist in teaching those unrepentant boffuls a lesson they will never forget in life for their inhuman act to protect both the heathy ones and the physically challenged people both inside and outside of the state .
    Long live Eng. Dave Umahi
    Long live Ebonyi state government.

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