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  • Updated: May 11, 2024

Sokoto: Army addresses viral audio-visual recording of soldiers' protest

Sokoto: Army addresses viral audio-visual recording of soldi

The Nigerian Army has responded to a viral audio-visual recording circulating on social media alleging soldiers protesting overcrowding detention cells and poor feeding.

Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations in a statement on Saturday described the incident as unfortunate and embarrassing to the commitments of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja.

He said the COAS has instituted an investigation into the matter to determine whether it was an isolated incident or widespread to other army detention facilities.

The incident was believed to have been recorded by some personnel of the army held in custody at the 8 Division Garrison detention facility.

Nwachukwu said: "Undoubtedly, the Sokoto barracks detention facility incident is quite unfortunate and an embarrassment to the sound administration efforts of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), to say the least, and in line with his leadership style, the COAS has instituted an appropriate investigation into the incident to determine whether it is an isolated or widespread situation in similar detention facilities."

The army while expressed displeasure over the incident said it will not condone the channel in which the inmates expressed their grievances, vowing to sanction those involved in the incident.

The statement partly reads: "Mutiny and conduct prejudicial to service order are grievous misconducts, and this very incident epitomises such. 

"As such, as Army, on the one side, goes ahead to implement the COAS directive to look into the state of all NA detention facilities, as detainees’ lives also matter, the Service shall not shy away from appropriately sanctioning the soldiers involved in the unruly behaviour in its Sokoto detention facility for failing to exhaust all available options to channel their complaints to the appropriate authorities and if it was discovered they did and nothing was done, necessary administrative actions will be taken against anyone found to have failed to discharge his/her duties effectively.

"While the Service is mindful of its subjective oversight engagements by statutory bodies, it remains primarily a responsible, self-regulating professional body. 

"As such, the Service remains committed to ensuring that everyone, even those found guilty of aiding terrorists, kidnappers, and bandits, and are awaiting confirmation of their sentencing, as it has been discovered in the Sokoto case is accorded a relatively decent life until their judgment is confirmed and executed. This commitment underscores the NA's dedication to upholding professional standards and maintaining a just and fair system.

"The NA appreciates all Nigerians for their concern and support as well as pledge to remain focused on its drive to defeating security challenges facing the nation in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies."

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