Nigerian Army arrests soldiers over online threats

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The Nigerian Army on Friday effected the arrest of some soldiers who were captured in a vital video threatening to molest market women in Warri, Delta State.

In several tweets, the army said: “Soldiers in a viral video using uncouth and uncivilized language purportedly threatening to molest women in Warri Delta State were arrested at 9 Brigade Ikeja Military Cantonment Lagos State today 3 April 2020 and further investigation is ongoing.

“The general public should be assured that the investigations will be swift and fair in accordance with applicable military laws. The outcome of the investigations will determine the most appropriate disciplinary measures that can be taken in the circumstances.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate that it would not tolerate any form of irresponsibility and indiscipline on the part of any of its personnel.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called for the arrest of the soldiers.

In tweets, it stated; “Amnesty International is deeply concerned by a video of soldiers, circulating online; in which they allegedly threatened to rape women in Delta State. #COVIDー19 #COVID19Nigeria #VAWG

“The authorities must investigate this incident and ensure that persons responsible for perpetuating violence or threats of violence are sanctioned. The #COVID19 interventions must not lead to abuses by security agents. #COVID19Nigeria #COVIDー19”

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