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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Soldier who beat op Nollywood actress sentenced to prison with hard labour – Nigerian Army

A Nigerian Army has sentenced the soldier who beat up Nollywood actress Infinity Jewel.
In a statement released to Politics Nigeria, the Nigerian Army said it charged and found Suleiman Olamilekan guilty of maltreatment, and so has sentenced him to prison with hard labour.
Recall that the news first surfaced on social media in late January after the actress, whose real name is Ebere Ohakwe, shared how she was brutally beaten by a soldier stationed at the outskirts of Port Harcourt.
According to the actress, their car was flagged down by a group of army officers stationed outside the south-south city (Port-Harcourt), and then an officer who she identifies as Sulaiman Olamilekan molested and then proceeded to inflict injuries on her body.
Afterwards, Ebere Ohakwe was hospitalised before she took to social media to expose the officer. He was summoned by his superiors and now has been slammed with a prison sentence, and with hard labour. Also, Olamilekan will forfeit his salary within the period of sentence.
See the statement as shared by Politics Nigeria:

1. In accordance with the Nigerian Army’s policy of zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law, 6 Division Nigerian Army has charged, tried and found Private Suleiman Olamilekan of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt guilty of the maltreatment of Miss Ebere Ohakwe. He was accordingly sentenced to 28 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) and the forfeiture of his salary for same number of days to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
2. It would be recalled that there was a report in the social media that the soldier maltreated one Miss Ebere Ohakwe at Omagwa Checkpoint along Port Harcourt – Onitsha Road on 30th January 2017. This prompted the decision of the authorities of the Headquarters 6 Division to thoroughly investigate the matter with the view to serving justice adequately as required by the laws of the Nigerian Army. Consequently, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Enobong Okon Udoh ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his Guard Commander for investigation and disciplinary action. He also invited the victim to his office and assured her that the matter would not be treated lightly.
3. We wish to assure the general public that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future. We will equally welcome prompt and accurate reports of any such misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States to appropriate superior authority via the following numbers: 09072509436, 09072509437 and 09072509438.
4. We also wish to reassure the general public of our commitment to their safety and security as required by the laws of our great nation while soliciting the support and cooperation of all towards eradicating all forms of criminality within our society.
5. You are kindly requested to disseminate this information to the general public. Thank you for your usual cooperation.
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