The Nigerian Army has donated undisclosed amount of cash and clothing to Chijioke Orakwu, a physically-challenged man who was brutalized by Soldiers in Onitsha, Anambra State, for wearing an army camouflage.
Interestingly, he was still putting on his camouflage for the Army reception.
Orakwu was captured on tape being beaten by two soldiers for wearing military camouflage in a video that went viral.
Sagir Musa, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, presented the item and cash on Friday.
He said that the soldiers who assaulted the man have been arrested and tried.
Musa also added that their actions did not reflect the true image of the Nigerian Army.
“Already, those who perpetrated the act have been arrested and tried, and because of the seriousness of the offence, they have been referred to higher authorities for further action.
“The Nigerian Army is seriously concerned about the incident.
“We want to assure Nigerians, particularly the international community that the Nigerian Army has core values and respect for the rights of people,” Musa said.
He assured Nigerians and the international community that there won’t be a repeat of such occurrences in future.
Musa also said a doctor has examined Orakwu and declared him fit.
He said the items given to Orakwu was not to compensate him but to show that the Army is responsive and caring.
“All we did was not an issue of compensation but to show Nigerians and the international public that the Nigerian Army is disciplined, responsive and responsible, and that we care,” he said.