The Nigerian Army says the two officers who allegedly threatened to rape women in a video that went viral earlier on Friday, has been arrested. The officers had threatened to infect mothers, wives and daughters in Warri with HIV in retaliation of the alleged murder of their colleague in the state.
Some youth while protesting the killing of Joseph Pessu, a resident of the oil city by a soldier enforcing the lockdown in the state, had reportedly beaten another soldier to death.
In a series of tweets on Friday evening, the army however said that the officers had been arrested at the Ikeja military cantonment in Lagos state on Friday.
“Soldiers in a viral video using uncouth and uncivilized language purportedly threatening to molest women in Warri Delta State were arrested at 9 Brigade Ikeja Military Cantonment Lagos State today 3 April 2020 and further investigation is ongoing,” one the tweets read.
“The general public should be assured that the investigations will be swift and fair in accordance with applicable military laws. The outcome of the investigations will determine the most appropriate disciplinary measures that can be taken in the circumstance.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate that it would not tolerate any form of irresponsibility and indiscipline on the part of any of its personnel.”