They were later arrested by the Nigerian Army, who released a press statement.. Read their statement below..
''The Nigerian army has confirmed the capture of two soldiers who physically beat up a crippled man for wearing military fatigues in Onitsha, Anambra state recently. The soldiers were nabbed after a video displaying their acts of violence on the disabled man caused a major outcry.
In a statement signed by Brigadier General Sani Kusheka, the army stated that the soldiers will be charged for assault. The statement read;
The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip in which two soldiers were seen maltreating a physically challenged person for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt.
We wish to inform the public that the incident took place on Tuesday 7th February 2017, at Onitsha, Anambra State.
In line with our zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts especially in relation to violation of human rights, we wish to further state that the soldiers involved have since been identified and apprehended.
They have also been charged for assault by their Commanding Officer.
Similarly, troops have been warned to desist from such acts that infringe on human rights and cast serious aspersions on the good image of the Nigerian Army.
The public should please regard this ugly incident as an isolated case which is not true reflection of the Nigerian Army.
You are kindly requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.''
In a recent update on the incident, a Facebook user named, Abuchi Onwumelu, shared these pics (below), of Representatives of the Nigerian Army meeting with the crippled man who was assaulted by Soldiers in Onitsha for wearing a camouflage.
Read what he wrote below..
HAPPENING NOW AT 302 ARTILLERY REGIMENT/14 FIELD ENGINEER REGIMENT, ONITSHA: PHOTO CAPTION: THE NEW 302 COMMANDER, COL. IDONGESIT UKO AKPAN AND THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR PUBLIC RELATIONS (82 DIV), COL. SAGIR MUSA WITH THE ASSAULTED CRIPPLE, MR. CHIJIOKE RAPHAEL URAKU A NATIVE OF IKWO EBONYI STATE SHORTLY AFTER THE WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE.
''ABUCHI ONWUMELU OF FIDES NEWSPAPER, WHO COVERS THE EVENT, REPORTS THAT THE SOLDIERS WHO CARRIED OUT THE DASTARDLY ACT HAVE BEEN APPREHENDED AND SUBJECTED TO FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS. CASH GIFT AND ASSORTED CLOTHES WERE PRESENTED TO THE VICTIM. NIGERIA ARMY CONDEMNED THE UNWHOLESOME ACT. ADDRESSING NEWSMEN ......''