The Nigerian Air Force [NAF], has disclosed that its personnel seen assaulting a civilian in a now viral video, has been identified as Lance Corporal Josiah Yisa & Aircraftman Johnson Hunton.
This is sequel to the directive of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The airmen were said to be part of a Federal Capital Territory Joint Task Team conducting patrols around locations in Abuja on 30 Aug 19 when they allegedly observed the victim snatching a lady’s purse.
According to a statement by the NAF’s Spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the airmen claimed that it was in the process of enforcing his arrest that they inadvertently assaulted him.
“They acted illegally, regardless of the victim’s alleged offence. Pursuant to Nigerian Air Force’s zero tolerance for human rights violations & sequel to preliminary investigations, they have been charged & will be tried on September 2, 2019 and punished accordingly, if found guilty.
“The public will be duly notified of the outcome. While tendering its unreserved apology to the victim, Nigerian Air Force assures that, as a professional & disciplined force, it will continue to uphold the rights of all Nigerians, while remaining accountable to the Nigerian people,” the statement ended.