The Nigerian military has put Pvt. Suleiman Olamilekan to 28 days in prison with hard labour for allegedly assaulting a Nollywood actress, Ebere Ohakwe.
Col. Aminu Iliyasu, spokesman of the Army, 6th Division in Port Harcourt on Thursday said that the soldier would forfeit a monthly salary to the federal government.
He said the unprofessional behavior of the soldier in battle uncompromising attitude of the military is indiscipline and disobedience to both civil and military laws.
“The 6th Division has brought Nigerian army, tried and found Private Suleiman Olamilekan 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt guilty of assaulting Miss Ebere Ohakwe.”
“Olamilekan was accordingly sentenced to 28 days imprisonment with hard labour and the forfeiture of his salary for the same number of days to the Federal Government.”
“Investigation commenced after the General Office Commanding 6 Division, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his Guard Commander for investigation and disciplinary action.”
“We wish to assure the general public that proactive measure have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future,” he assured.
Iliyasu urged residents of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states to report any such misconduct from its personnel to the 6 Division headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Iliyasu urged members of the public to report to the Division of any such misconduct from its personnel in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Olamilekan on Jan. 30 allegedly assaulted Ohakwe at Omagwa checkpoint along Port Harcourt-Owerri road in Rivers.
Ohakwe, who was on transit from Port Harcourt to Onitsha, claimed that she was beaten with wooden object by Olamilekan, after he accused her of insulting him while inspecting the vehicle.
The victim, who reportedly sustained bruises and admitted to a hospital after the assault, accused the soldier of infringing on her fundamental human rights.