- The Oyo state government has decried the physical abuse of citizens by some soldiers
- The commissioner for youth and sports, Seun Fakorede, called on the commandant Operation Burst in the state Captain Usolo, to address the issue
- On his part, Usolo confirmed the incidents and noted that the soldiers have been arrested
The Nigerian Army (NA) on Monday, November 2, reacted to news of violence and abuse on citizens by some soldiers in Oyo state recently.
The NA confirmed that while one of the soldiers (Adesina) flogged a woman for allegedly dressing indecently, another one was seen a video clip shaving youths in the state for ‘wearing improper hairstyles’.
The commandant of the Operation Burst in Oyo, Captain Usolo, revealed that the erring officers have been arrested and are now in detention.
The military's intervention came after the commissioner for youth and sports development, Seun Fakorede, reached out to the commandant on the issue.
Fakorede on his Twitter page disclosed that the unit has apologised to the families of those who were victims of such actions.
"My ears are full with news of the unlawful activities of some Soldiers of the Nigerian Army, over the weekend.
"I have immediately reached out to the Commandant of the Operation Burst and I've been assured that the men involved in this distasteful operation have been arrested and taken to the barracks — they will be dealt with accordingly. This will not repeat itself again in Oyo state.
"Oyo state security outfit, Operation Burst has admitted the video that went viral at the weekend in which one officer Adesina who was seen assaulting a lady at Beere, in Ibadan. The commander of the team, Captain Usolo who admitted the allegations..."
Meanwhile, the claims by Amnesty International (AI) that security officers including soldiers infringed on the rights of Nigerian youths during the EndSARS protests was on Friday, October 30, refuted by the Nigerian Police Force.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, noted that the allegations of the AI are not true as officers displayed commendable restraints and acts of professionalism in the discharge of their duties during the rallies.
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