Viral Video: Army Arrests Female Officer For Manhandling NYSC Member

A military officer has been filmed manhandling a female member of the National Youth Service corps (NYSC) in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

In a video, Lt. Chika Viola Anele, of 13th Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, appeared to be pouring a substance suspected to be dirty water on Ezeiruaku Ifenyinwa Fidelia, who was kneeling clad in her NYSC uniform.

The army has since confirmed that the incident occurred inside 13 Brigade, Calabar, and that the officer has “been identified and sanctioned.”

“For the records, the ugly incident happened in 13 Brigade, Calabar. The Brigade Commander immediately instituted an investigation and the officer involved has been identified and sanctioned on the interim and would be made to undergo regimental orders (trial) in line with the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

“The submission that the Brigade attempted covering up was therefore misleading, as the Nigerian army remains a professional force that has zero tolerance for indiscipline amongst its personnel.

It was unclear what may have caused trouble between the Army officer and the Corps member who seemed to have been forced to go on her knees.

This is dehumanising and humiliating,” a blogger who posted the video, said.

The Army has condemned the action of the officer, describing it as “unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the NA.”

Nwachukwu said the officer’s action “will not be condoned”, and tendered an “unreserved apology to the victim, her family members, friends, NYSC and to Nigerians in general for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the Corps member.”

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