Anambra State Governor Reacts On Assault On Physically Challenged In Onitsha

THE Anambra State government has issued a
statement condemning the action of two soldiers,
who assaulted a physically challenged man in
Onitsha, saying that Governor Willie Obiano has
directed an immediate investigation into the

The statement, which was signed by the
Commissioner for Information and Communication
Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta also urged
Anambra people to remain calm as the military
had taken action to discipline the affected

The statement read: “The attention of His
Excellency, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief
Willie Obiano has been drawn to a video
recording of two soldiers of the Nigerian Army
whipping and molesting a physically challenged
citizen Mr. Tobias Chijioke Oraku at Onitsha on
Tuesday the 7th of February. 2017.

“His Excellency deeply regrets this ugly incident
and has directed an immediate investigation into
the immediate and remote causes of the incident
having been briefed by the Military Commander of
the 302 Cantonment in Onitsha. Two errant
soldiers, acting outside orders, evidently took
laws and liberty into their hands and assaulted
the said Mr. Uraku on the pretext that he was
dressed in military fatigues.

“The public is by this announcement informed
that the Governor is deeply dismayed and
disappointed by such reprehensible and needless
physical and psychological humiliation of a
hapless citizen and regrets the trauma caused
his family and on lookers in a society that he has
laboured to clear of such inhumanities and

Soldiers brutalising a physically challenged man
for wearing army fatigue
“ Ndi Anambra and all residents of the state are
further assured that the Military authorities have
arrested and taken into custody the culprits who
are currently being subjected to laid down
military discipline and punishment.

“His Excellency has therefore directed that
immediate medical attention and social welfare be
provided for Mr. Tobias Chijioke Oratu. The
Governor further directs that Ndi Anambra, as
law abiding citizens, should remain calm and go
about their normal lives.

“The Governor is also by this announcement
reiterating his resolve to ensure the protection of
lives and property of Ndi Anambra and residents
which he regards as sacrosanct and top in the
priority of his administration.” 

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