Nigerian Army Investigates Soldiers Protesting Poor Conditions at Detention Facility

The Nigerian Army has launched an investigation into a viral video showing protesting soldiers held in overcrowded cells and protesting poor feeding at the 8 Division Detention facility in Sokoto State.
The incident, which resulted in one of the protesting soldiers being shot, has been described by the Army Headquarters as unfortunate and an embarrassment to the administrative efforts of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.
Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of army public relations, stated that the COAS has initiated an investigation to determine whether the situation at the detention facility in Sokoto is an isolated incident or a widespread problem in similar detention facilities across the country.
The Army has expressed regret over the incident and has committed to learning from it.
Despite the Army’s regret, it will not condone the manner in which the inmates expressed their grievances.
The statement emphasized that mutiny and conduct prejudicial to service order are serious offenses, and the incident in Sokoto is a clear example of such misconduct.
As such, the Army is moving forward with implementing the COAS’s directive to examine the conditions of all Nigerian Army detention facilities, as the lives of detainees are also important.
The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring that even those found guilty of aiding terrorists, kidnappers, and bandits, and are awaiting confirmation of their sentencing, are treated with a degree of decency until their judgment is confirmed and executed.
The Army acknowledges its responsibility to be a self-regulating professional body and is mindful of its oversight engagements by statutory bodies.
The investigation into the Sokoto barracks detention facility incident is a testament to the Army’s commitment to addressing issues within its ranks and maintaining a high standard of professionalism.
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