The Nigerian military apprehended two soldiers following the circulation of a viral video purportedly depicting their brutal treatment of a civilian.
In this disturbing footage, a man clad in military attire and another in civilian garb persistently kick and whip a third, bare-chested individual, who desperately implores for mercy.
“No, no sir, abeg! [I beg]. I will confess sir, abeg!” the man’s anguished cries echo.
Expressing profound dismay, the army condemned the purportedly unprofessional conduct exhibited by these officers.
“It is instructive to mention that the soldiers involved in that unprofessional conduct have been clearly identified and arrested,” emphasized the army in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Although the precise date remains unclear, the alleged assault unfolded in Nigeria’s Rivers state. The video’s dissemination on social media platforms elicited widespread condemnation, with a user on X denouncing the soldiers’ actions as highly cruel, barbaric, and indicative of an abuse of power.
The army has pledged a thorough investigation into the incident, vowing to impose sanctions on those found responsible.
International human rights organizations have consistently criticized Nigeria’s military for alleged rights violations, encompassing torture, arbitrary detentions, and extrajudicial killings.
Historically, Nigerian soldiers were often perceived as acting with impunity, seldom facing disciplinary measures for assaulting civilians. However, a shift has transpired in recent years, with Army Chief Taoreed Lagbaja asserting a commitment to instill discipline and professionalism within the military since his appointment last year.