Soldiers arrested for assaulting Makoko residents

The Nigerian Army, 81 Division on Wednesday revealed that a Board of Inquiry has been constituted to investigate two soldiers over alleged assault and brutality of Makoko Community residents in Lagos.

It was alleged that some soldiers stormed Makoko at about 8pm on Sunday, beating up anyone who stood in their way. Some of them who were later arrested by policemen, were handed over to the army authorities on Tuesday for further investigation.

The General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Major-General Isidore Edet at a news conference in Lagos revealed that investigations are ongoing.

“The board is expected to investigate and find out the remote cause of the fracas.

“The board is also expected to find out, among other things, whether the soldiers were on official duty in the area where the incident occurred before turning in its report to the army authority.

“The Board will sit for three weeks,” said the GOC who spoke through the Division’s Assistant Director of Information, Col. Kingsley Samuel.

Edet promised that if found guilty, the soldiers will not go unpunished.

“81 Division frowns at this unfortunate incident and wishes to assure the general public that this unlawful act will not go unpunished if the soldiers are found culpable.

“In demonstration of the existing inter-agency cooperation between the Division and other security agencies, Lagos State Police Command has handed over the two soldiers allegedly involved in this unlawful act for investigation.

“Both soldiers are in 81 Division custody. One of them who sustained injury is receiving treatment,” he said.

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