Brigadier General Sani Usman

The soldiers who harassed a crippled man, Chijoke Uraku, also known as CJ, in Onitsha, Anmabra State have been demoted and jailed.

The identities of the soldiers have been given as Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman, both of the 82 Provost Company.
Both of them, on Tuesday in Onitsha beat up Uraku for putting on army camouflage, not considering him as a physically challenge and withholding his freedom of expression.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said in a statement late on Friday that Usman and Samuel have been found guilty for the attack on Uraku.
The statement by Usman reads:
“Sequel to the video clip of two soldiers maltreating a physically challenged man on the streets of Onitsha, Anambra State, last Tuesday, in line with our zero tolerance of infringement of human rights by troops, those involved, Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company, have been arrested, summarily tried based on 2 count charges and found guilty.

“Consequently, both have been sentenced to reduction in rank; from Corporal to Private Soldiers and 21 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) respectively, which includes forfeiture of 21 days pay to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Army has also reached out to the victim of their unjustifiable assault, Mr. Chijoke Uraku (alias CJ), as widely reported by the media.
“We wish to reiterate our avowed determination to ensure that troops conduct themselves in the most orderly and professional manner at all times. Any act of indiscipline would not be tolerated.”
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