Unruly Nigeria soldiers probed for molesting journalist

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian military has threatened to sanction rowdy soldiers who alongside police brutalized a senior journalist at a sports event north of the country.
Men from the uniformed forces this past weekend revived tensions between the media and state security after they assaulted editor, Jacob Onjewu Dickson, at the closing ceremony of the Kaduna International Polo Tournament.
He was severely assaulted as he and colleagues sought to interview Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, whose team emerged winners.
Reasons could not be ascertained as investigations are ongoing.
Captain CD Egbeta of the army’s Military Police (MP) Unit denounced the alleged behavior by the soldiers and police as unbecoming.
“We are investigating the incident because the army will not tolerate unruly behaviour from soldiers,” Egbeta said.
He said the investigation would only be limited to involvement of soldiers as the army would not interfere in the involvement of policemen.
The Nigerian military’s relations with media are strained amid alleged rights violations and corruption by the uniformed forces.
In September, scores of soldiers stormed the Nigerian Union of Journalists pres centre in the southeastern Umuhia, assaulted journalists and smashed their equipment after the media professionals covered protests.
The army pledged to discipline culpable soldiers.
Officers have previously been demoted or dismissed for misconduct.
CAJ News

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