She was brutalised by Soldiers for protesting brother’s assault


Ruth Orji, a residents of Lagos, is battling with injuries inflicted on her body by some soldiers, including one Major Ibongha, attached to the 174 Battalion, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Ruth Orji
Ruth Orji

Explaining her encounter with the Army, the woman told Punch Newspaper that she and her younger brother were returning from a birthday party in a hotel in Odogunyan, Ikorodu, on Sunday at about 8.30pm when the soldiers stormed the area and started beating up people.

She said one of the soldiers slapped her brother and she protested, adding that the men descended on her, seized her phone and took her to their barracks.

“I don’t really have strength to talk much now. I am being taken to another hospital in Ikeja. The incident happened on Sunday. We went for a birthday party in a hotel in Ikorodu. As we were coming out of the hotel around 8.30pm, some soldiers arrived in a vehicle and started beating up people, including my brother. I begged them.

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“They bundled me inside their vehicle and took me to their barracks, where they beat me up,” she said.

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Meanwhile, the case has been tabled to rights group, Joint Legal Action Aids, it was gathered that they have filed a lawsuit against the Nigerian Army at the Federal High Court in Lagos, demanding N250m compensation for the victim.

The General Counsel for the JLAA, Kingsley Ughe, said the body had petitioned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and copied the commander of relevant military formations on the assault.

“We are not waiting. We have today (Wednesday) filed a legal process at the Federal High Court against the Nigerian Army and her assailants to assert her rights and demand N250m compensation.

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“We are using her case and that of Ebere Ohakwe (an actress who was brutalised by soldiers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in February) to send a message to lawless elements within the military that the days of impunity and degradation of the Nigerian people are over.

“We have a binding precedent in the case of Rosemary Okeke, who suffered a similar fate, and got justice through the court system. We are very confident of the unassailable nature of the cases and the evidence therein,” Ughe said.

However, the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Lt. Col. Olaolu Daudu, said the soldiers that perpetrated the dastardly act had been detained and were under investigation.


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