By Segun Oye
The Nigerian Army High Command has condemned in strong terms a female officer seen in a video clip dehumanizing a female member of the National Youth Corps (NYSC) in Calabar, Cross River State.
A statement by Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, condemned the act, describing it as unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the Nigerian Army.
While dismissing attempt to cover up the disgraceful act, Nwachukwu said the female officer has already been identified and sanctioned, adding that she would also face regimental orders (trial) in line with the laid down provisions.
The statement reads further: “The NA condemns in strong terms, this act of gross misconduct. Undoubtedly, the officer’s actions have caused the NA monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable.
“This unfortunate act of indiscipline does not in anyway represent the NA and will not be condoned in its entirety.
“For the records, the ugly incident happened in 13 Brigade, Calabar. The Brigade Commander immediately instituted an investigation and the officer involved has been identified and sanctioned on the interim and would be made to undergo regimental orders (trial) in line with the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.
“The submission that the Brigade attempted covering up was therefore misleading, as the NA remains a professional force that has zero tolerance for indiscipline amongst its personnel.
“The NA further wishes to tender unreserved apology to the victim, her family members, friends, National Youth Service Corps and to Nigerians in general for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the Corps member, DAPR said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said it has received full briefing from the Director General of the NYSC about the unfortunate incident in Calabar.
The statement also welcomed the condemnation by the army authorities and commencement of investigation into the ugly incident.
“The Ministry also condemns in very strong terms this incident. We believe and have been assured that the Army with its discipline and commitment to professional ethics will make sure justice is served.
“The Ministry wants to further urge that all Army and Para Military personnel be re-oriented and be asked to stop any such dehumanizing actions against Corps members across the country.
“The Minister has further directed that henceforth close monitoring of all camps be intensified to avoid similar occurrences,” the statement added.