The Nigerian Army has arrested two scatterbrained soldiers, who threatened in a video that went viral on the internet to rape and infect women in Warri, Delta State, with HIV in retaliation for the alleged killing of their colleague.
The slain soldier was reportedly killed by a mob after he shot dead a man, named Joseph Pessu, in Warri on Thursday.
Pessu was allegedly shot dead for violating the stay-at-home order and his killing led to protest by angry residents of Ugbuwangue, a suburb of Warri.
Reacting angrily to the killing of their colleague, the two arrested soldiers, in the video, swore and promised the people of Warri a horrifying experience.
One of the soldiers threatened in poor English, “Warri people, una don buy job o. Una kill soldier ba? Your mothers, I will make sure I f..k your mothers skin to skin without condom.
“I will make sure she carry HIV, your daughters will carry HIV, your wives will carry HIV.
“You get mind to kill soldier ba? Dan ubanku.”
However, in a statement on Friday, the Nigerian Army said the two soldiers have been arrested at 9 Brigade, Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos.
The statement read, “Soldiers in a viral video using uncouth and uncivilised language purportedly threatening to molest women in Warri, Delta State, were arrested at 9 Brigade, Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos State, today 3 April, 2020 and further investigation is ongoing.
“The general public should be assured that the investigations will be swift and fair in accordance with applicable military laws.
“The outcome of the investigations will determine the most appropriate disciplinary measures that can be taken in the circumstances.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate that it would not tolerate any form of irresponsibility and indiscipline on the part of any of its personnel.”