Nigerian Airforce officials who were caught on camera flogging residents for defaulting the curfew imposed on Osun State, southwest Nigeria, have been arrested.
Naija News reports that the Nigerian Airforce officials were caught in a viral video flogging residents in mud water for defaulting curfew imposed on the state after hoodlums invaded some facilities to loot COVID-19 palliatives and other items.
The arrest of the Nigerian Airforce officials was announced in a series of tweets on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Wednesday titled, ‘Alleged flogging of curfew defaulters in Ilesha, Osun State’.
NAF tweeted, “The attention of @NigAirForce has been drawn to a video showing some personnel flogging/meting out corporal punishment on suspected hoodlums involved in criminal activities during the imposed curfew in Ilesha.
“We wish to inform the general public that @NigAirForce has identified all the personnel involved in the incident & placed them on close arrest, while investigation to determine their level culpability has commenced, after which appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
(1/4) Alleged Flogging of Curfew Defaulters in Ilesha, Osun State
The attention of @NigAirForce has been drawn to a video showing some personnel flogging/meting out corporal punishment on suspected hoodlums involved in criminal activities during the imposed curfew in Ilesha. pic.twitter.com/2whlyIEcRb
— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) October 28, 2020
“@NigAirForce, as a professional and disciplined force, does not condone such irresponsible acts & has zero tolerance for human rights violations, in whatever guise, even against suspected criminals; as all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
“The acts depicted in the video are at variance with our core values, as we place high premium on the rights of citizens. We wish to reassure that our personnel have been directed on professional conduct to ensure security, whilst remaining accountable to the Nigerian people.”