A Lance Corporal involved in assaulting and brutalizing two police traffic officers in Ibadan, Oyo State has been arrested by the army.
A video shared on January 7 captured about four soldiers hitting the traffic officers despite falling down on the motorway.
In the incident that took place at Ring Road in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, one of the soldiers was seen beating the policeman with a horse whip.
In a statement titled, “One soldier arrested as investigation is ongoing to identify and arrest all culprits in the unfortunate assault on traffic wardens in Ibadan,” Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the Nigerian Army says it is working with the state police command to fish out and arrest others who participated in the assault.
The Army said the conduct of the individuals seen in a video was against the ethos of the Nigerian Army.
The statement reads:
“Following the viral video of an assault on two traffic wardens by men on military uniform suspected to be soldiers, the headquarters Nigerian Army ordered immediate investigation to identify and arrest the culprits.
Preliminary investigation has shown that the unfortunate incident took place on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Adeoye Road by Ring Road, Ibadan.
The investigation is also already yielding results as one of assailants, a Lance Corporal of the Nigerian Army, has been taken into custody. Efforts are being made in collaboration with the Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force to identify, locate and arrest the remaining culprits.
Even as investigation is still ongoing, the Nigerian Army wishes to dissociate itself from the very reprehensible conduct of the individuals seen in that video. The vicious attack on fellow security personnel or any unarmed citizens in the manner seen in the video is not consistent with the ethos and professionalism of the Nigerian Army and therefore stands condemned in very strong terms. “