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Soldiers who tortured physically challenged man in Onitsha face court martial as Army invites victim



Two soldiers who brutalised a physically challenged man along New Market Road, Osha in the Onitsha area of Anambra state appeared before a court martial on Thursday, PUNCH reports.

The soldiers, whose names had yet to be disclosed by the army, had also been discharged from their unit and summoned to the 82 Division, Enugu State.

The Nigerian Army had, in a statement late on Wednesday, said it had identified and arrested the soldiers.



The division spokesperson, Colonel Sagir Musa, who is also the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said:

“The soldiers have been tried at the unit level in Onitsha, and referred to the higher level for appropriate punishment commensurate with the offence committed. The victim has also been invited and he will meet with us on Friday. We also have a press conference where the issue will be discussed in detail. Whatever human rights infraction is seen with our men, appropriate sanctions will be applied to serve as deterrence to others. This case will not be an exception.”

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in a statement by its National President, Ekaete Umoh condemned the attacked and asked that the Disabled Persons Bills in the by the National Assembly be harmonised, and signed into law.

“We detest the treatment and call for proper investigation, prosecution and justice should take its course in this matter. We also call for the speedy harmonisation of the Disabled Persons Bills passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives. President Muhammadu Buhari should assent to the bill for it to become law,” Umoh said.


  1. Spunky

    February 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Well done.

  2. Cynthia

    February 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    How they can brutalize the defenseless man still amazes me. Some of these men/women in uniforms really need mental evaluation every now and then. Good one.

  3. Elyon

    February 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Thank God. Such brutality needs to be addressed.

  4. Dee

    February 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Very good. One of the good things about social media.

  5. Agu

    February 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    The are being Court martialed because the assault on a disabled man was captured on video if there was no evidence this evil men who call themselves soldiers will be free doing what ever the want because the are soldiers. I am urging every Nigerian with a phone that can record video to record any police officer or soldier who are abusing there power and put it on social media for the whole world to see.


    February 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I am of the opinion that the Nigeria Army should hand over these morons to the Police after expelling them from the Nigeria Army. Failure to do so by the Nigeria Army clearly indicates that the Nigeria Army is only paying leap service to putting a total stop to the maltreatment of fellow Nigerians by some members of the Nigeria Army. The entire world is patiently waiting to see how the Nigeria Army is going to handle this matter. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

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