The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has condemned the reported flogging and physical assault of suspected bandits by some military personnel in Zamfara State.
The NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, condemned the action.
He said: “The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to a video and some pictures circulating on some social media and online platforms showing some military personnel flogging suspected armed bandits at Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA) in Zamfara State.
“The NAF has discovered that some of its personnel were part of the joint team stationed at the Galadi Sub-Sector at the time.
“The NAF wishes to state unequivocally that the troops’ actions of flogging and physically assaulting the disarmed suspects were totally unacceptable and not in consonance with the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) guiding the conduct of the operation.”
Daramola said some of its personnel had intercepted a group of suspected armed bandits and some fighters from across the border, just as they were about launching an attack against innocent civilians in Shinkafi area of the state.
He said one AK-47 rifle, 3 loaded magazines and 3 dane guns were recovered from the bandits by the team.