The Nigeria Army has meted out a severe punishment to a soldier identified as Private Suleiman Olamilekan, who battered a civilian, Miss Ebere Ohakwe along Port Harcourt – Onitsha expressway.
This was announced on Thursday, February 23, through the military a press release signed by the deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu and he said that Olamilekan has been jailed for 28 days with hard labour.
Iliyasu added that the convict would also forfeit his salary for the number of days of imprisonment.
BuzzNigeria reported the controversial case which happened on January 30, 2017, where the said soldier beat the lady, Miss Ohakwe and inflicted severe injury which landed her in the military hospital where she also filed a report against Olamilekan.
According to Col. Iliyasu some proactive measures have been set up to forestall such reoccurrence of misconduct by some undisciplined soldiers. Below is the full statement.
“In accordance with the Nigerian Army’s policy of zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law, 6 Division Nigerian Army has charged, tried and found Private Suleiman Olamilekan of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt guilty of the maltreatment of Miss Ebere Ohakwe.
“He was accordingly sentenced to 28 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) and the forfeiture of his salary for same number of days to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“This prompted the decision of the authorities of the Headquarters 6 Division to thoroughly investigate the matter with the view to serving justice adequately as required by the laws of the Nigerian Army.
“Consequently, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Enobong Okon Udoh ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his Guard Commander for investigation and disciplinary action. He also invited the victim to his office and assured her that the matter would not be treated lightly.
“We wish to assure the general public that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future.
“We will equally welcome prompt and accurate reports of any such misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States to appropriate superior authority via the following numbers: 09072509436, 09072509437 and 09072509438.
“We also wish to reassure the general public of our commitment to their safety and security as required by the laws of our great nation while soliciting the support and cooperation of all towards eradicating all forms of criminality within our society.”
Thanks to social media outlets, Miss Ohakwe was able to get justice and once again the Nigeria Military has upheld its honour and glory by an act of commitment to the safety and security of the nation.
A similar incident which involved a crippled man, Mr. Chijioke was also tackled, as the two soldiers who brutalised the helpless fellow at Onitsha for wearing the army camouflage, were apprehended and jailed, all thanks to a video released by a witness who filmed the assualt.