Abuja — The Nigerian Army yesterday denounced the dehumanisation of a corps member by an army officer in Calabar, Cross River State.
A video circulating on social media showed the female corp member kneeling down on the orders of the female officer while the latter poured dirty water on her head repeatedly.
The video has elicited wide condemnations on social media.
A statement issued last night by Army Spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the conduct of the officer was an embarrassment to the Nigerian Army.
"The Nigerian Army (NA) has taken cognisance of a video clip currently making the rounds on the social media, where a female officer was seen dehumanising a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Calabar, Cross River State.
"This act is not only condemnable, but unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the Nigerian Army. The NA has remained undoubtedly the pride of the nation, a symbol of national unity that has consistently being in the vanguard of respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry", it said.
"It is against this premise that the NA condemns this unimaginable level of infraction by a personnel in its ranks.
The NA therefore, condemns in strong terms, this act of gross misconduct.
"Undoubtedly, the officer's actions have caused the Nigerian Army monumental embarrassment and is highly regrettable."
"This unfortunate act of indiscipline does not in anyway represent the NA and will not be condoned in its entirety", it said.
The statement said the ugly incident occurred at the 13 Brigade, Calabar.
It said: "The Brigade Commander immediately instituted an investigation and the officer involved has been identified and sanctioned on the interim and would be made to undergo regimental orders (trial) in line with the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.
"The submission that the Brigade attempted covering up was therefore, misleading, as the NA remains a professional force that has zero tolerance for indiscipline amongst its personnel.
"The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate and assure the general public that such infractions would not be tolerated from its personnel".
The army reassured that the rights of the citizenry remained sacrosanct and must be respected by all personnel of the Nigerian Army, as any form of infraction would be severely dealt with.
"Therefore, the general public is enjoined to continue to report such infractions, as Human Rights Desks in all formations of the NA are emplaced to deal decisively with such erring personnel.
"The NA further wishes to tender unreserved apology to the victim, her family members, friends, National Youth Service Corps and to Nigerians in general for the unwholesome treatment meted out to the Corps member", it said.