23 January 2013

Nigeria: Army Dismisses Four Soldiers Over Rape, Abduction

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Nigeria military personnel.

The Nigerian Army has dismissed four soldiers who were involved in cases of abduction, rape, extortion and assault.

The Commander, Guards Brigade, Brig-Gen Emmanuel Atewe, disclosed this Tuesday at a media briefing at Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment, Abuja.

Atewe, who was represented by Maj. Peter Elayo, said the allegation was broadcast in one of the nation's broadcast station, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) on Jan 14, 2013.

The soldiers were later handed over to police for prosecution.

Following the incident, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had called on the Chief of Army Staff and the Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command to investigate the allegations that some men in Army uniform abducted and raped some women in Abuja under the guise that they were prostitutes.

The Executive Secretary NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe further requested that the two concerned security agencies to update the commission with any action taken on the subject matter to enable it take further necessary action in line with its mandate.

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