- Nigerian Army has arrested a soldier, Harrison Friday, supporting EndSARS protesters
- Friday was charged by the Army with cybercrime
- EndSARS protesters have been on the streets for more than a week over police brutality
A report by TheCable indicates that a lance corporal of the Nigerian Army, Harrison Friday, who has been supporting protesters calling for an end to harassment and brutality by the police, has been charged with cybercrime.
Legit.ng gathered that some youths across the country had in the last 13 days taken to the streets to call for a reformation of the police force.
The protesters have vowed not to leave the streets until their demands are met.
The online medium reported that while lending his voice to the protests, Friday had recorded a video where he appealed to his colleagues not to take orders that would harm citizens.
Friday was quoted to have said in a video where he masked himself:
“My advice goes to every fellow soldier, you guys should not be fooled or used, we are the youths. The fight of every civilian is our fight.
“My advice goes to the new people in the system, I’m talking about 19 and 20 NA. For this struggle they will deploy you. I’m hearing rumours that want to deploy some soldiers to scare the protesters. Remember, if you people are deployed, if you take an unlawful order and your fire and you fire a civilian, people you are firing – remember the bullet may go and hit your brother or your sister.
“Remember that the fighting that these people are fighting is our fight. If Nigeria is ok, nobody will fly out of the country. Soldiers have run away from this job, some to Dubai, seeking greener pastures. If every soldier is well paid, every civilian is well paid. Nobody will leave the country.”
In its reaction, the Army said that Friday has been hiding “behind the mask to commit cybercrimes.”
The army in a tweet on Wednesday, October 21, said the soldier’s arrest is part of Operation Crocodile Smile.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Army headquarters denied deploying soldiers to shoot and kill innocent Nigerians youths at Lekki tollgate.
It was reported that the army consequently branded any news report linking soldiers at the tollgate as fake news.
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