Army begins Investigation of alleged assault on Kaduna Journalist



WORRIED by the unruly behaviour of some soldiers at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Kaduna International Polo Tournament, the Military Police, MP, Unit of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army has started investigation into the matter so as to unravel the identity of soldiers responsible.

On Tuesday, October 31, C.D. Egbeta, a captain, of the MP visited the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, and told his host that he was there to investigate the incident, because the Army would not tolerate unruly behaviour from soldiers.

Thereafter, Egbeta visited the polo club, scene of the alleged incident, with a view to finding clues that would lead to unravelling the identity of soldiers who allegedly assaulted Jacob Onjewu Dickson, the assistant secretary of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Kaduna chapter.

At the NUJ, he met the administrative officer, through whom he booked an appointment with the victim for Wednesday, November 1, at the 1 Division to further gather facts of the case and possible identification of the soldiers responsible for the assault.

On his return to the NUJ from the meeting, Dickson, who is also the online editor of New Nigerian Newspapers, said that he was asked to give details if what happened in writing.

“The Army officer in charge, Captain Egbeta asked me to write out details of what happened. He also asked if I got the name of any if those responsible but I told him their name tags were not on when the incident took place. He then told me that they would call on me when they get those involved, to identify them,” he said.

He further told newsmen that the Army captain told him that the investigation would only be limited to involvement of soldiers, saying they would not interfere in the involvement of policemen.

It would be recalled that widespread condemnation trailed the alleged assault of Dickson on Saturday October 28, 2017 by policemen and soldiers while on official function at the Kaduna Polo Club.


– Nov 1, 2017 @ 15:53 GMT |

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