Army calls for restraint in dealings with soldiers

Nigerian Army has called for “restraints” from citizens in their dealings with soldiers and other uniformed security agents.

Onyema Nwachukwu, a major general and director army public relations deplored the attack by some persons on two unidentified soldiers at the Banex Plaza in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital.

Nwachukwu stated that “the cruel treatment meted out to them” by hoodlums “was entirely unwarranted and unjustifiable.” He said the affected soldiers could have been lynched but for the intervention of law enforcement officers on duty at the time.

“There are established channels through which grievances or misconduct by personnel could be reported to the appropriate authorities,” he said.

Nwachukwu added that the military authorities had asked the management of the shopping plaza to identify the attackers, in the bid to prosecute them for the crime.

He also emphasized “the need for extensive investigation to determine the immediate and underlying causes of this mayhem.”

“The Nigerian Army will equally ensure that it diligently investigates the circumstances surrounding the presence of the personnel at the plaza and the attack that ensued.

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“Nonetheless, such acts of violence against personnel are not only condemnable, but could degenerate to a breakdown of law and order, orchestrating threats to national security,” Nwachukwu added.

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