The Nigerian military has taken action against two soldiers in response to a video circulating online that captures them engaging in the torture of a civilian.
In the footage, one individual donned military attire and another in civilian clothing can be seen kicking and whipping a shirtless man, who desperately pleads for mercy.
The army expressed its “utmost dismay” at the “unprofessional conduct” exhibited by the involved officers.
In an official statement released on Wednesday, the army made it clear that the soldiers responsible for the reprehensible behavior have been identified and subsequently arrested.
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SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN TORTURE IN VIRAL VIDEO ARRESTED
The Headquarters, 6 Division, Nigerian Army viewed with utmost dismay the unprofessional conduct of two of its personnel involved in the brutality of a civilian in Rivers State, in a viral video making the rounds in the social… pic.twitter.com/nmo8GC7QI6
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) January 10, 2024
Although the exact date of the alleged assault in Rivers state, Nigeria, remains uncertain, the video’s widespread dissemination on social media platforms led to extensive criticism of both the soldiers and the Nigerian army.
One user on X condemned the soldiers’ actions as “highly cruel, barbaric, and nothing but an abuse of power.”
The army has committed to conducting a comprehensive investigation to address the incident thoroughly, vowing to “sanction those involved” in due course.
This incident adds to the criticism previously directed at Nigeria’s army by international human rights groups, citing allegations of rights abuses such as torture, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial killings.