The Nigerian Army on Monday arrested a lance corporal and declared a manhunt fir his colleagues for allegedly assaulting traffic wardens at Adeoyo Road by Ring Road in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The incident took place on January 7, 2022.
Spokesman for the Nigerian Atmy, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who broke the news in a statement, described their conduct as “reprehensible conduct.”
It 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, 7 January, 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 the 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.
At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable in the sordid incident will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions of the Nigerian Army.”