The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it would take appropriate disciplinary actions against some soldiers who allegedly tortured a civilian that was found dumped in a mud in Nasarawa State on Aug. 8.
Brig.-Gen. Yusuf Shalangwa, Director, Legal Services, Nigerian Army, made this known in Abuja when he appeared before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Shalangwa disclosed that the army had identified the soldiers who violated the rights of a member of the public in Mararaba, Nasarawa State.
“We have identified the soldiers involved in the violation of the rights of the man and we hope to take appropriate actions.
“The report of our investigations will be made available to the commission. We will give everyone a fair hearing. No one found culpable in the torture of the civilian would be spared after,’’ Shalangwa said.
Prof. Bem Angwe, NHRC Executive Secretary, stressed the need for the commission and the military to chart a way in ensuring that the rights of citizens were not violated by soldiers or other persons.
Angwe said that the commission was set to train about 300 soldiers on human rights, and expressed confidence that after the training the misconception on the issue of human rights violations will be brought to an end.
The Street Journal recalls that on Aug. 8, a photograph of a man lying in the mud, with some soldiers standing over him was featured on the front page of a Nigerian newspaper.
That development prompted NHRC to carry out a preliminary investigation into the incident, following which it gave the army an ultimatum to identify and produce the soldiers involved in the act.