Lt. Chika Anele, a female soldier who was shown in a viral video dehumanizing a member of the National Youth Service Corps, will be tried for unprofessional conduct, according to the Nigerian Army.
The event occurred at the headquarters of the 13 Brigade in Calabar, Cross River State.
According to reports, Anele was seen using a dish to fetch dirty water from a bucket and poured it on Ifenyinwa Ezeiruaku, a corps member, who was dressed in her uniform.
In the video, we saw the soldier instruct Ezeiruaku to kneel and then soak her with the dirty water while doing so. She was also observed hitting her with the back of the bowl on her head.
In response to the event, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, called Anele’s actions “unprofessional,” and said she would face a regimental trial in accordance with the Armed Forces Act’s.
He said, “The Nigerian Army has taken cognizance of a video clip currently making the rounds on social media, where a female officer was seen dehumanising a member of the National Youth Service Corps in Calabar, Cross River State. This act is not only condemnable but unprofessional and against established precepts of discipline in the NA.
“The NA therefore, condemns in strong terms, this act of gross misconduct. Undoubtedly, the officer’s actions have caused the NA monumental embarrassment and it’s highly regrettable. This unfortunate act of indiscipline does not in any way represent the NA and will not be condoned in its entirety.
“For the records, the ugly incident happened in 13 Brigade, Calabar. The brigade commander immediately instituted an investigation and the officer involved has been identified and sanctioned in the interim and would be made to undergo regimental orders (trial) in line with the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.”