Remember the case of a video which went viral earlier this month of the cadets torturing a man for reportedly complimenting a female officer, prompting the Nigerian Defence Academy to condemn the behaviour and start an investigation? Well the NDA has concluded their findings and decided that the cadets will neither be expelled or sanctioned.
The victim, Sunday Amari, was brutally beaten by Army cadets in Abuja until he passed out. In his interview with Channels TV, Amari said he reported the incident to an Army Captain but nothing was done.
In their strongly-worded statement released days after the video went viral, the NDA said that “as a responsible institution saddled with task of producing future military leaders, [it] will not in anyway tolerate such unruly and flagrant mistreatment of Nigerians.”
“The NDA under current leadership has addressed most disciplinary loopholes,” the statement continued, adding, “Further investigation is continuing.”
Now, Instablog9ja reports that NDA has backtracked. In a statement made by Major-General Mohammed Ibrahim at the matriculation ceremony of 466 officer cadets of the 67th Regular Course, the NDA Commandant said that the incident happened two years ago during the cadets’ first term. The time frame of handling all issues pertaining to cadets is six months from the date the offence was committed, he said, and as such, the guilty officers will not be held culpable of the shocking treatment to a civilian.