The disturbing video below emerged online showing Nigerian soldiers deployed to the streets of Beere in Ibadan, Oyo State, to curb the #EndSARS protests flogging a woman for wearing what they termed ‘indecent dressing’.
In the video, which has since gone viral, a young woman wearing a sleeveless dress and orange-colored hairstyle is made to sit on the bare floor at a fuel station while a soldier whips her on the butt.
The woman begs the soldier repeatedly but the soldier refuses as he continues flogging her, and telling her not to protect her buttocks.
Following the public outcry, the soldiers have been arrested and taken to the barracks, according to a statement posted on Twitter Monday by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede.
Watch the video below
In a similar incident, a young man also narrated how one of the soldiers pulled him down from a commercial motorcycle and shaved his hair.
Speaking in the Yoruba language Nigeria, he said, “I was on a motorcycle with my friends around Beere when I was stopped by soldiers. They said they wanted to see us. I was wondering what I had done because I wasn’t in possession of any weapon and I am not a fraudster.
“They said I should take off my cap and when I did so, they flogged me and asked me to kneel down. When I asked what my crime was, he ordered me to sit down and then brought out a pair of scissors from his pocket.
“The funny thing was that they took the money from us for the haircut.”
Following the deployment of soldiers to the streets to check excesses of the protests, many of them have been caught on camera violating human rights.
Last week, some men of the Nigerian Air Force in Osun State were seen flogging civilians who they had ordered to lie face down in the mud, Punch reported.
Human Rights group, Amnesty International, has accused the Nigerian military of committing several acts of abuse some of which include whipping, forced haircuts, and sometimes, extrajudicial killings.