PRIVATE Suleiman Olamilekan serving with the Sixth Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army has been sentenced to 28 days’ imprisonment with hard labour for beating up one Ms Ebere Ohakwe in Port Harcourt earlier this year.
In a case of brutality which shocked the viewers after it was posted on social media, Private Olamilekan was caught beating up his victim at the Omagwa checkpoint along Port Harcourt-Onitsha Road on January 30. he was subsequently arrested and was tried and found guilty of maltreating Ms Ohakwe.
Nigerian Army spokesman Col Aminu Iliyasu, stated that the erring soldier’s misconduct was reported on the social media. He added that Private Suleiman’s salary will be forfeited to the federal government for the same number of days that he will spend in jail.
Col Iliyasu said: “In accordance with the Nigerian Army’s policy of zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct, as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law, the Sixth Division of the Nigerian Army has charged, tried and found Private Suleiman Olamilekan of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt, guilty of the maltreatment of Miss Ebere Ohakwe. He was accordingly sentenced to 28 days’ imprisonment with hard labour and the forfeiture of his salary for same number of days to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“There was a report on the social media that the soldier maltreated one Miss Ebere Ohakwe at Omagwa Checkpoint along Port Harcourt-Onitsha Road on January 30, 2017. This prompted the decision of the authorities to investigate the matter with a view to serving justice adequately as required by the laws of the Nigerian Army.”
He added that consequently, the general officer commanding the Sixth Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Enobong Udoh, ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his guard commander. He also invited the victim Ms Ohakwe to his office.
Col Iliyasu assured the public that measures had been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct. he also urged members of the public to report any misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta states to appropriate superior authorities via the following numbers – 09072509436, 09072509437 and 09072509438.