Army Advises Personnel to Utilize Its Human Rights and Gender Desks Channels, Begins Investigation into Female Soldiers Alleged Maltreatment

The Nigerian Army (NA) has advised all it's personnel to always utilize the Human Rights and Gender Desks channels established in Army Headquarters and across Nigerian Army formations for addressing grievances and concerns as a member of a noble and disciplined force.

Army spokesperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said this in a press statement on Friday while reacting to audiovisuals making the rounds on social media of the unprofessional conduct of a female soldier in mufti, who claimed to have been maltreated by some senior officers.

Maj Gen Nwachukwu said,  "It is instructive to state that considering the gravity of the allegations, the Nigerian army NA as a disciplined force will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

"It is crucial to point out that contrary to the claims made in the video, the soldier in question has not exhausted the laid down procedure for seeking redress in the NA

"This is aside Human Rights and Gender Desks established in Army Headquarters and across NA formations, where complaints about human rights and gender issues are also entertained.

He noted that the Nigerian army NA remains a professional force that self regulates and conducts its activities in adherence to established rules and ethics, while upholding the highest standards of discipline amongst personnel. 

He assured the general public that the Nigerian army NA as an institution is committed to upholding the integrity and morals of its personnel and as such appropriate actions will be  taken based on the findings of the investigation.

He also urged the public to allow the investigative process to take its course and refrain from making hasty judgments. The Nigerian army  NA remains dedicated to serving our nation with honor and integrity.

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