Alleged Soldiers’ Mistreatment: Army Denounces Video


Army Spokesman, Brig. -Gen. Sani Usman/Photo: NAN

Agency report

The Nigerian Army said the current video clip being circulated on some soldiers alleging mistreatment, lack of food and water was shot about six months ago by some disgruntled elements.

The Army Spokesman, Brig. -Gen. Sani Usman, explained in a statement on Wednesday that the video was shot when 29 Task Force Brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno.

Not a recent event, the army says

“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago.

“The Board of Inquiry actually showed that, as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it.

“That soldier was charged and punished accordingly,” Usman said.

He further explained that in addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it was still serving both the military and adjoining communities.

“We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel,” Usman said.

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