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NDA vows to probe torture of civilian by cadets

NDA vows to probe torture of civilian by cadets
February 04
13:41 2016
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The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says it will probe the assault on two civilians by some of  its cadets.

Responding to a video which went viral on social media, the NDA leadership said it had commenced investigation into the incident.

“The attention of The Nigerian Defence Academy has been drawn to a trending video showing cadets beating some persons,” the NDA said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“Please note that NDA is investigating the incident. Preliminary investigation has confirmed the incident to have occurred in 2014 somewhere in Lagos while the cadets were on break.

“NDA as a responsible institution saddled with task of producing future military leaders will not in anyway tolerate such unruly and flagrant mistreatment of Nigerians.

“The NDA under current leadership has addressed most disciplinary loopholes. Further investigation is continuing.”

In the video, which showed two civilians being tortured by young officers, attention was focused on a man who was beaten by a female cadet.

The officer meted the punishment on him for saying she was beautiful.

“Am I beautiful? How beautiful am I? Bastard!” she yelled as she repeatedly slapped the civilian. “Idiot! Describe me, am I not like Beyonce? He said I’m beautiful, am I Angelina Jolie.”

And when the civilian refrained from responding, she delivered heavier slaps to his face, saying: “This bastard is not responding. “Are you a bastard? You have emotions. See this idiot. AM I beautiful? What is beautiful about me?”

Back in August, a group of soldiers were caught on camera brutalising a civilian at Mararaba in Abuja.

The citizen, who the army claimed was a robber, was stripped naked and brutalised in public on the busy Mararaba road.

After the photo of the incident went viral, the Nigeria army promised to take disciplinary action against the soldiers.

However, two months after, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), wrote a letter to the Nigerian army wondering why the soldiers who perpetrated the act had not been handed over to the commission for prosecution.

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