A trending video has emerged showing the moment a Police traffic officer was brutalized by some Nigerian soldiers in Ibadan, Oyo state.
In the 22-second video filmed from a storeyed building in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Saturday, four soldiers round up the traffic officer and one of them hits him.
In the video, the four soldiers were seen hitting the traffic officer despite falling down on the motorway
The traffic officer falls on the motorway and another soldier hits him with a rod.
One of the victim’s colleagues tries to intervene, but his efforts fail amidst violent soldiers.
This is coming amid claims by the Nigerian Army that officers of the Nigeria Police Force were brutalising some of its personnel.
In a letter dated November 23, 2021 to all formations and units, the Chief of Army Staff called on military officers to “forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the Nigerian Army”.
The letter reads: “The NA is constitutionally tasked to provide aid to civil authorities when called upon. This responsibility has occasioned conducting joint activities with members of the civil and paramilitary organizations. These joint operations with other security agencies particularly the Nigeria Police create occasions for the police to equate its hierarchy with the NA and this has often led to friction, especially at the lower levels.
“This friction has occasionally led to bodily harm and in some cases death to our troops. This is in spite of the fact that the victims have been identified and established to be serving personnel.
“This department is therefore conducting an evaluation of these occurrences with a view to establishing the frequency and recommend possible remedial measures to stem the tide. Consequently, all NA corps, formations and establishments are please requested to forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the NA.
“The report should cover the last two years. Returns to reach this NLT 8 December 21 and should be forwarded using enclosed formal.“
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