Jan 24, 2013 – Nigerian Army Dismissed 4 Soldiers, Officers Over Rape & Extortion Of Prostitutes In Abuja
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday dismissed four soldiers for alleged cases of rape, extortion and assault.
This follows the public outcry over an incident that occurred in the Wuse area of Abuja a forthnight ago. The soldiers had ‘arrested’ some ladies they claimed were prostitutes, drove them to a black spot where they were extorted, beaten and repeatedly raped.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria, had condemned the incident and asked the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command to investigate the matter.
The sacked officers, Corporal Nsa Eyedep and Privates Emezien Uzoma, Ugwu Mathew and Efosa Ikhuomoregbe were all attached to the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
Commander Guards Brigade, Brig-Gen Emmanuel Atewe, said investigations showed that the soldiers abducted and raped some women at the Wuse Zone 2, Abuja in December 2012.
Atewe, represented by Major Peter Elayo said the claims were broadcast on January 14, 2013 after which the brigade convened a Board of Inquiry to investigate the circumstance surrounding the allegation with a view to taking action and preventing a future re-occurrence.
“The board whose report has already been submitted was able to establish that the four soldiers during the period abandoned their duty post to an unauthorized destination.
“The Military Police Investigation led to their trial and they were found guilty of misdemeanor and abandoning their location where they were officially deployed thereby compromising security and the soldiers have subsequently been dismissed from service in line with service discipline,” he said.
[Courtesy Of Daily Post]