The soldiers were pictured beside a gutter with one holding a stick while the naked man lay on the ground.
The Nigerian Army has vowed to punish a group of soldiers who were pictured punishing a civilian in the Mararaba area of Nasarawa State.
The soldiers were shown beside a gutter with one holding a stick while the naked man lay on the ground.
The photograph appeared in the Monday, August 10, 2015, edition of Daily Trust newspaper.
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, while reacting via a statement, said that the soldiers involved would be punished.
The statement reads:
“The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to a front page photograph of some soldiers maltreating a suspected robber at Mararaba, Nasarawa State, on the front page of today’s edition of Daily Trust newspaper.”
“Sadly, it is also trending on the Social Media. There is no doubt the photograph has done incalculable damage to the image of the service. The act was unfortunate and at variance with military ethics and professionalism.”
“The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that the perpetrators of the offence have been identified, summoned and would face disciplinary action.”
“The Army has also reached out to the management of the newspaper over this poor and worrisome editorial judgement by giving this misdemeanour prominence in their paper. Alerting appropriate Nigerian Army authorities would have been a better option that will be met with prompt response.”
“We wish to assure the public that the Nigerian Army would continue to protect and respect human rights and that this regrettable incidence should not be used as a yardstick to judge the entire Army.